With a harvest moon as a backdrop on Friday the 13th the second week of the high school football season kicked off — back under the lights, no less — for Medomak Valley and Belfast as the Panthers and Lions battled for gridiron supremacy at Dennis "Bear" Bryant Field.

Under glorious late-summer conditions, visiting Panthers scored on their opening drive to grab the momentum and never relinquished it en route to a 32-22 win over the host Lions Friday night.

Medomak Valley led 10-0 after the first quarter and 24-6 at halftime. Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter before the Lions wrapped the action with eight points in the final stanza.

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“We wanted to come out strong and we were able to do that scoring on our opening drive, getting a safety and scoring again on our third possession,” said Medomak Valley coach Ryan Snell. “We were able to get up big in the third quarter and cruise from there to secure the win.”

"I've got to give credit where credit is due," said Belfast football coach Brian Goff. "Coach Snell had his players ready to play and they started fast. We got ourselves into too big a hole and it was too much to overcome."

“We knew it would be a gritty, physical game,” said Snell. “I thought the kids stayed focused at the task at hand, didn’t get distracted and just took care of business on the scoreboard.”

For Medomak Valley, Drew Severson carried the ball 18 times for 82 yards and found the end zone three times, while Levi Ward (15 carries, 92 yards) and Colvin Standring (12 carries, 60 yards, TD) also chipped in on the ground.

Zeke Hesseltine was 1-of-3 on the night under center for the Panthers for seven yards and also had a two-point conversion toss to Gabe Shellman in the win.

Defensively, Standring (3 tackles, fumble recovery), Erik Benner (4 tackles, sack), Elijah Lash (3 tackles, safety), Severson (4 tackles), Garrett French (3 tackles), Jacob Light (3 tackles) and Hesseltine (2 tackles) led the visitors.

For the Lions, the offense went through running back Isaak Cunningham, who amassed 127 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Defensively, Belfast was led by Brian White, who had nine solo tackles on the night.

Goff said while Medomak Valley was a "playoff team last year and they look like a playoff team this year, we will definitely learn from this football game and move forward."

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