Panthers head to Galena Park looking for second victory


Tori Gatling

Senior quarterback Jaylon Henderson looks for his target against Humble on Sept. 12 at Turner Stadium. Henderson injured his lower leg in the double-overtime loss to the Wildcats. He has five touchdown passes already this season and has thrown for 435 yards.

Caleb Dove, Special Contributor

The Panthers will face off against the Galena Park Yellow Jackets today. Kingwood Park has gotten off to a rough 1-2 start while Galena Park is 1-1. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Galena Park ISD Stadium.

Quarterback Jaylon Henderson, who verbally committed to UTSA in June, sustained a lower leg injury late in last week’s loss to Humble. His status for tonight’s game is still questionable.

“Jaylon has done a real good job in the first three games and you know, he got a little nicked the other night but he’s been doing really well in practice and we’ll make that game-time decision when it’s time,” coach Jim Holley said. “But we’ve got a very capable backup in Zach Purcell and I know he’ll step in and do a great job for us.”

The squad won their season opener against Magnolia, 35-21, before dropping a close one to Huntsville, 51-49. Last week they recorded a double-overtime loss to Humble, 23-17.

“(The team is) about three plays away from being 3-0,” Holley said. “We just haven’t been able to put it all together as a team.”

Meanwhile, Galena Park dominated Houston Scarborough, 49-14, in their season opener. A week later, Tomball Memorial defeated them 14-0. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a bye.

Holley said Galena Park’s “secondary is very athletic. They play hard on both sides of the ball and are very well coached.”

This is the first of back-to-back Thursday night games for the Panthers. They host Crosby at Turner Stadium next Thursday night.

** Reporter Chris Luck contributed to this story.