The host Panthers' season got off to a running start as they handily defeated Franklin.

The Panthers scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game, including two runs by Elbert Hamilton Jr. en route to the easy win.

Hamilton Jr. finished with 128 rushing yards despite not playing most of the second half.

Quarterback Hunter Karnthong threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the first half while completing 14 of 16 passes and also running for a touchdown as Antioch took a 42-0 lead at the break.

Karnthong added a 28-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, giving Antioch a 49-0 lead. He finished with 73 yards rushing.

The Panthers' defense held Franklin to 51 yards and two first downs in the first half. The Yellowjackets' lone score came in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard strike from Anthony Schumake to David Martinez.

Antioch won all five of its nonleague games last season, which included victories over Clayton Valley, Mt. Diablo and Northgate that helped the Panthers make the North Coast Section playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Franklin is coming off back-to-back 1-9 seasons, and hasn't had a winning campaign since 2004.

Antioch plays at Northgate on Aug. 31 then travels to Merced to play Golden Valley on Sept. 7.

Antioch 49, Franklin-Stockton 7


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Antioch          28          14          7          0--          49

Franklin          0          0          0          7--          7

A -- Hamilton Jr. 20 run (Velasquez kick)

A -- Hamilton Jr. 4 run (Velasquez kick)

A -- Wall 40 pass from Karnthong (Velasquez kick)

A -- Karnthong 12 run (Velasquez kick)

A -- Texiera 8 pass from Karnthong (Velasquez kick)

A -- Desrosiers 22 pass from Karnthong (Velasquez kick)

A -- Karmthong 28 run (Velasquez kick)

F -- Martinez 33 pass from Shuemake (Herrera kick)

Statistics

Rushing: A -- Hamilton Jr. 13-128, Karnthong 7-73, Cortez 5-40, Lewis 2-22, Randal 3-21. Totals 30-284. F -- Vasquez 7-34, Shuemake 7-22, Henry 6-12, Hocker 3-8. Totals 23-76.

Passing: A -- Karnthong 15-17-0 233, Lewis 1-2-0 17. Totals 16-19-0 250. F -- Shuemake 5-11-2 77.

Receiving: A -- Papagani 4-62, Dawson 2-49, Wall 1-40, Desrosiers 3-38, Grillo 2-25, Bourdoud 1-17, Wilson 1-11, Texeira 1-8, Cortez 1-0. F -- Martinez 4-71, Hocker 1-5.

Fumbles/lost: Antioch -- 1-/0. Franklin -- 2/1.

Records: Antioch 1-0. Franklin-Stockton 0-1.