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Fouke defeats Horatio on homecoming, 49-22

September 30, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.

FOUKE, Ark. -- The Fouke Panthers accomplished something they were unable to do last season.

After trailing 14-13, the Panthers tallied 36 straight points for a convincing 49-22 victory over Horatio at Panther Stadium Friday night during its Homecoming game.

After starting the season 0-3, the Panthers won their third straight game, surpassing last season's win total.

More important was its second straight win in Conference 5-3A play.

It was double trouble for the Lions' defense as twin brothers Dylan and Ethan Thornton paced the Panther victory.

Fouke jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead on a 14-yard run by Dylan Sprayberry, and a 15-yard pass from Dylan Thornton to Ethan.

On the 15-yard pass, it was tipped by another Fouke receiver and a Horatio defender into the waiting arms of Ethan Thornton.

Horatio scored late in the first quarter on a 56-yard run by senior quarterback Brandon Orozco.

The Lions then recovered an onsides kick at midfield, and four plays later scored on another 39-yard run by Orozco for a 14-13 lead.

Fouke then scored 22 unanswered points later in the second period for a 35-14 halftime lead.

The scores came on a 47-yard run by Dalton Wood, a 20-yard run by Sprayberry, and a 3-yard run by Ethan Thornton.

The Thornton twins combined for two more touchdown passes of 32 and 36 yards for a 49-22 advantage.

With a 35-point lead, the fourth quarter was played under the mercy rule with a running clock.

Kevin Quiros scored on a 13-yard run to close out the scoring.

Sprayberry had 72 yards on just seven carries, and Dylan Thornton eight carries for 55 yards.

With his two long runs, Orozco had 154 yards on 11 attempts, and Kevin Quiros gained 98 yards on 19 attempts.

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