MABANK — The Ferris Yellowjackets traveled to Mabank with hopes of handing the Panthers their fourth consecutive loss. Unfortunately, those dreams were short-lived, as Ferris fell 35-14.
After (1-3) Ferris had a turnover-on-downs, (1-3) Mabank drove the football 70 yards capped with a touchdown run by quarterback Devyn Gibbs with five minutes left in the first quarter
Ferris took the Mabank kickoff and marched it down to the 7-yard line but missed the field goal.
On Mabank's next possession, the Panthers marched 80 yards down the field and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run by Allyn Gentry
The Jackets moved down the field but were sacked twice and had to punt.
The Panthers then ran the ball for 11 yards and added a 15-yard personal foul to move the football to their own 49-yard line. Mabank followed with a 51-yard double-reverse pass from Dakota Shaw to Keegan Richardson for the Panther touchdown to take a 21-0 lead with 51 seconds left to go in the half.
Mabank carried the lead into the locker rooms.
The Panthers started the third quarter by marching down the field, eventually scoring on a 22-yard touchdown run by Gentry to take a 28-0 lead with 7:38 left in the third quarter
Ferris' Damian Edwards added a one-yard touchdown run to draw within 28-7 with 5:09 to go in the third quarter. Edwards finished the game as the leading rusher with 223 yards on 21 carries.
The Yellowjacket defense held the Panthers on four downs which caused Mabank to turn the ball over on downs.
Ferris made the most of its possession with a 35-yard touchdown run by Edward to pull within two scores, 14 - 28, at the end of the third quarter.
After each team traded possessions, Gentry ran in the final Mabank score from six yards out to make the score 35-14 with 21 seconds in the game.
Ferris ran the football well (282 yards), almost matching Mabank (295 yards) yard-for-yard but had very little success through the air. Mabank finished with 164 passing yards to the 19 of the Yellowjackets.
Ferris will host Godley on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.