The Abbotsford Panthers scored early and often, en route to a 42-0 win over the Pitt Meadows Marauders at home on Friday.
While it was the offence that got most of the glory, the team’s defence swallowed up the Marauders and kept them far out of the red zone for the entire game. Pitt Meadows beat the Rick Hansen Hurricanes 40-0 last week but the Panthers managed to completely shut them down.
Abbotsford head coach Jay Fujimura said it was a nice rebound after a very close game in Mission last week.
“I thought we were a little more consistent than against Mission,” he said. “The weather played a bit of a factor so we were allowed to throw the ball a little more, and usually we get the run off the pass so that helped us.”
Fujimura said the Panthers made adjustments both offensively and defensively after last week’s win and they seemed to pay off.
“We moved around some personnel to fix some of the gaps we saw last week,” he said. “I thought it helped us because we got exposed at some certain edges and we closed that off this week.”
Chase Claypool opened the scoring with a receiving touchdown in the first quarter, and then added another touchdown catch in the second half. He also returned a punt for a major in the third quarter.
Richard Tshimpaka scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, one in the first quarter and another in the second. Wide receiver Alex Mudry scored the Panthers other touchdown.
The win improves the Panthers to a perfect 2-0 record in AA regular season action.
In other AA action on Friday, Mission edged the Robert Bateman Timberwolves 10-9. For complete results from the weekend, read Wednesday’s edition of the Abbotsford News.