FOWLER — The Washington Union-Easton Panthers used their explosiveness and then held on to hand the Liberty Hawks football team its first loss for the second year in a row.
Last year, the Panthers defeated the Hawks 49-26 to ruin an undefeated season. The Hawks won their first seven games this year and ran into Panthers again.
Washington Union scored the first 20 points of the game, including an 80-yard touchdown catch-and-run, but the Hawks came back to make a game out of it in the fourth quarter of a 26-18 loss Friday night in Fowler. The Panthers, 3-0 in the North Sequoia League, has the upper hand on 2-1 Liberty and Kerman for the league title.
“They got out on us early with a couple of big plays,” Liberty head coach Mike Nolte said. “They played pretty good defense and had a hard time going on offense. We have to be able to put this behind us. We talk about facing adversity, you have to get back up and keep battling. The focus on next week is to go 1-0.” ...