Panthers dominate Salina Central on military night

Derby improves to 2-0 with 63-0 win over Salina Central.

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Senior Ejavion Fisher holds the American Flag as his team waits to be released out of the helmet tunnel. Photo by Regina Waugh

Senior Ejavion Fisher holds the American Flag as his team waits to be released out of the helmet tunnel. Photo by Regina Waugh

Senior Ejavion Fisher holds the American Flag as his team waits to be released out of the helmet tunnel. Photo by Regina Waugh

Regina Waugh, Sports editor

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Friday night was dedicated to military.

Derby has a strong connection to the military because of being so close to McConnell Air Force Base, and the AFJROTC program showcases just that.

For each touchdown the Panthers scored in the 63-0 victory over Salina Central, AFJROTC cadets did as many pushups as there were points on the scoreboard.

First score was seven pushups, then the second was 14, then 21, and it kept going all the way to the final score of 63 points. Derby scored 55 points in the first half.

That’s roughly 300 pushups.

Derby improved to 2-0 behind a defense that shut down Salina Central. The Panthers have outscored opponents 112-6.

Running back Tre Washington scored three times, and it was quarterback Grant Adler who got the scoring started early in the first quarter. Davin Simms also added a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Students dressed in their starry striped best clothes and wore the flag proudly along with over 6 different American flags. There was one with the number 76 on it surrounded by 13 stars next to the red and white stripes, while another with 13 stars in a circle alongside the red and white stripes.

Three out of the five flags were what we see today with 50 stars surrounded by red and white stripes.

The  marching band performed a tribute to the troops by playing the Armed Forces Medley during halftime.

When each branch’s song played, veterans of the branch stood and were applauded by the present community.

Senior Ejavion Fisher holds the American Flag as his team waits to be released out of the helmet tunnel. Photo by Regina Waugh

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Panthers dominate Salina Central on military night