COLUMBUS — Cade Simmons and the St. Mary’s-Colgan Panthers rumbled past the Columbus Titans 40-6 on Friday night in their season opener.
Simmons rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Cal Marquardt also had a fantastic game to open the year, with 118 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Simmons wrapped up his day with 366 total yards.
Matthew Lomshek got the scoring started for the Panthers in the first quarter, plunging into the endzone from one-yard out.
Simmons broke his first big play of the season in the quarter, rushing for a 50-yard score. Marquardt got into the action as well, scoring on a 39-yard touchdown pass.
The Panthers rushed for 314 yards in the game. Kash Marietta ran for 67 yards on a team-high 13 carries.
Simmons finished with five total touchdowns on the game, going 5-7 on his pass attempts for 118 yards and two scores. Opposing quarterback Jared Graham went 10-14 for 93 yards with a touchdown and a interception.
Luke Orender led the way on defense with eight tackles and a sack.
Andrew Lomshek picked off a Graham pass for the Panthers first interception of the season.
Frontenac Raiders set to host Panthers
Last season, both teams made it to their state championship game, but fell just short in the finale. If last year was any indication, the two teams should deliver a high-scoring game. Both teams averaged over 30 points-per-game in 2017.
While Colgan will look to keep up their level of play last week, Frontenac will need to find a balance between last week’s defensive-led performance and last season’s explosive offense.
The Raiders controlled the clock with their run game against Richmond, and that could be key in keeping the Panther offense off the field.
The Raiders will host the Panthers on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.