Panthers seeking first win


The Johnston football team fell to visiting Moses Brown 42-13 last week to drop to 0-4 this season.

Quarterback Neari Vasquez had a solid outing despite the loss, going 14-for-18 passing with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. Vasquez finished with 185 yards passing.

Dean Paris led the Panthers receiving with 92 yards and a touchdown while Noah Lavergne caught a touchdown as well. Paris also led the Johnston rushing attack with 31 yards. Paris and Lavergne also had big days on defense, each recording three tackles.

Johnston fell to Ponaganset in week three, 34-15. Vasquez finished with 97 yards passing and connected with Paris for a touchdown. Steven Finegan led Johnston receiving with 91 yards on six receptions, while also adding a rushing score in the loss.

Dylan Martins led the defense with five tackles, while Finegan and Logan Horne each recovered Chieftain fumbles.

The Panthers’ closest contest was in week two when they dropped a 25-24 heartbreaker to Rogers. Vasquez was sharp under center, going 10-for-16 with 169 yards and two touchdowns to go along with no picks.

Martins finished with 51 yards rushing and a score while Finegan picked up 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Martins also hauled in a touchdown pass along with Jahaziel Rodriguez.

Johnston will next face Mt. Hope on the road this Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff.


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