After somewhat of a slow start, the Pillow Academy Mustangs found their groove and trampled Canton 45-0 Friday night in Canton.
Once PA got rolling, the Panthers simply had no answers. The Mustangs scored on seven of their nine possessions in the contest and led 36-0 at the half. Pillow punted one time and had a fumble at the goal line on the only other non-scoring drive.
The Mustangs moved to 3-0 behind a third straight strong effort from its defense. Canton managed just 86 total yards while the Mustangs racked up 421.
Seniors Ethan Clark, Sam Harris and Seth Hollis each had five tackles to lead the attacking PA defense.
Senior quarterback Shane Houston Stephens completed all but four of his 15 passes and finished with 191 yards and four touchdowns — three of which went to senior wide receiver Jack Reichle.
Gavin Lessley started the scoring for the Mustangs with an early 26-yard field goal. Lessley also had a 13-yard scoring reception to make it 9-0 and then caught the 2-point pass.
Reichle’s first touchdown grab was a 7-yarder that put his team up 15-0. Christian Belk ripped off a 20-yard scoring scamper to make it 22-0.
PA’s next two scoring plays came via the Stephens-Reichle connection. Reichles’ second score came from 20 yards out from Stephens and the final one was a 29-yard hookup.
Reichle led all receivers with 99 yards on six receptions. Senior Jaden Simcox added four catches for 56 yards, with a long of 36.
Juniors Belk and Eli Simmons handled the bulk of the duties in the ground game. Simmons had a team-high 65 yards on seven rushes, and Belk tallied 49 yards on five carries.
Matthew Jefcoat closed out the PA scoring with an 18-yard run early in the fourth quarter that capped a six-play, 69-yard touchdown drive.
Pillow will try for a 4-0 start next week as it hosts archrival Washington School for its conference opener.
Washington beat Bayou 34-7 Friday night.