It was Central vs. Segundo Barrio battle at Baty-Simmang Memorial stadium Friday night as the Bowie Bears hosted the Austin Panthers.
The Bears came out swinging and put the Panthers in the defensive position right out of the gate, as Bowie put up two unanswered TD’s and the Panthers found themselves in the hole.
However Austin head coach Eric Pichardo and his assistants calmed their team down and the Panthers came back slowly in the first half; allowing them to head into the locker room down 14-6 at halftime.
The second half is where the Panthers came out and took control of the game, scoring four touchdowns in the last two quarters of action.
When the game clock struck 0:00 it was Austin 35-21 over the Bowie Bears.
Austin Quarterback Daniel Orosco, running backs William Rodriguez III and Isiah Witterstauter put the team on their backs during the second half and delivered the knock out punch to run the teams district record to 4-1.
The Panthers will now prepare for their next home game against the Irvin Rockets next Friday night October 25 at McKee Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Words and pics by Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post
I am Currently working as the UTEP Athletics Photographer. I'm a 1973 Graduate of Austin High School, was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in 1976, after serving 3 years. My journalism career began September 1976 with the El Paso Herald-Post and ended in 1997 after 21 years, when the HP closed. I then went to work for KDBC-TV Channel 4, local CBS affiliate for 14 months. Upon leaving KDBC-TV, I then joined the El Paso Times for another 21 years. I recently retired in January 2019 and am a Freelance Photographer and Staff Photographer back where my career began with the El Paso Herald-Post (WEB version.) So here's to 21 more years hopefully with the news organization that gave me my start. Semper Fi!!!