MAIZE — The method was clear for Derby going into its matchup against Maize on Friday night. The Panthers wanted to run the ball and let their defense go to work.
The Panthers executed both game plans en route to their 28-7 victory.
Jameson Moore led Derby’s rushing attack with 22 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
“We wanted to play our game and we came out and dominated,” Moore said.
Derby relied heavily on its rushing attack in the first half when Moore had 11 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown on the Panthers’ first possession.
Then, when Maize brought more defenders in the box, Derby quarterback Tyler Harrison found Ethan Jewell for a 48-yard touchdown pass that gave Derby a 21-0 lead.
Maize’s Scott Hendricks pulled the Eagles within 21-7 on a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but a dropped snap by Maize punter Tyler Bishop at the Eagles’ fiveyard line set up Moore’s second touchdown run and a 28-7 lead at halftime.
“We wanted to run the ball this game with quite a few guys sick or injured today,” Derby coach Brandon Clark said. “We went with that and they did a good job of executing it in the game.”
Maize shut down Moore in the second half, holding him to 12 yards as Derby was held scoreless. But Maize never got it going on offense.
“I was really proud of the kids,” Clark said. “Maize made some adjustments in the second half and we tried to throw some things in thereæ.æ.æ. but Maize did a good job.”
On Maize’s five possessions in the second half, Derby forced Maize to punt on the first four and Maize ran out of time on its last possession.
“We started out fired up, ended up fired up,” Derby cornerback Meshach Kennedy said. “We were just focused all week during practice saying we have to attack, attack, attack so that’s pretty much what we did. We showed up.”
Derby got a big boost from its special teams. A blocked punt recovered by Terrance Burns for a touchdown and the punt and kickoff return teams set Derby up nicely a couple of times.
“Special teams really helped us out,” Clark said. “That’s huge and that’s one thing we have been talking about quite a bit because recently we have had one or two special teams that had not won that battle. We are always talking about winning all three phases in the game.”
Derby (3-2) 14 14 0 0 — 28Maize (1-4) 0 7 0 0 — 7
D—Moore 2 run (Young kick)
D—Burns blocked punt recovered in end zone (Young kick)
D—Jewell 48 pass from Harrison (Young kick)
M—Hendricks 19 run (Bishop kick)
D—Moore 5 run (Young kick)
Rushing—Derby, Moore 22-80, Oaks 9-53, Harrison 4-(-24), Reese 1-(-2), Duham 1-(-4). Maize, Jones 13-37, Hendricks 8-40, Ayres 6-(-25), Turner 4-27, Cuda 3-22, Rasmussen 3-(-4), Buzard 1-0.
Passing—Derby, Harrison 6-8-71-0. Maize, Ayres 11-23-120-0, Cuda 0-1-0-0.
Receiving—Derby, Jewell 2-54, Reese 2-9, Oaks 2-8. Maize, Lee 5-40, Hendricks 2-36, Schellenberg 2-28, Summers 1-11, Ukaoma 1-5.