Just when it seemed Bryse Wilson had run out of statistical milestones, he finds another one.
Wilson, an all-conference linebacker filling in for injured quarterback Jackson Schmid, threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for another, blocked a punt and recorded an interception as the Panthers defeated Burlington’s Cummings High 35-19 on Friday night at Auman Stadium.
It was a night of long catch-and-run scores for the Panthers (4-0). The first came with 3:17 left in the first quarter when Wilson hit wingback Drew LeMaster on a short hook pattern that turned into a 66-yard scamper.
The Cavaliers (0-4) tied the game when quarterback Ryan Boswell, who completed his first eleven passes, hit Marquez Johnson for a 5-yard strike to tie the game 6-6.
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Later in the second quarter, Keyshawn Thompson picked off a Boswell pass. On the next play, Wilson found Eryk Brandon-Dean for another 66-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Lemaster run on the subsequent two-point conversion pushed Orange ahead 14-6.
Wilson made his own interception to end the ensuing Cummings drive, then jump started the next Orange possession with passes of 31 and 41 yards to Cody Evans. Wilson scored on a quarterback sneak.
In the second half, Wilson blocked a punt on the Cavaliers’ opening possession, then threw to Evans for a 20-yard gain. Lemaster scored from two yards out to pad Orange's lead to 28-13.
The Orange defense held Cummings to two first downs in the second half.
Turning point: Wilson's blocked punt on Cummings punter Isaiah McPherson led to Lemaster's 2nd touchdown and a 28-13 Orange lead.
Highlight reel: Lemaster's run down the sideline to turn a short pass on 3rd-and-2 into a 66-yard touchdown where he broke free from a safety ten yards from the goaline.
Unsung hero: Cody Evans with three receptions for 92 yards, giving Orange a badly needed vertical threat.
Putting up numbers: Wilson now has three blocked punts and three interceptions, along with two straight wins as a starting quarterback.