September 21, 2010
A team always wants to start the season on the right foot, but the Granite State Panthers took things to a new level for the first game of the season. Not only did the Panthers score a touchdown on their first offensive snap, they did so with one of the most eye-popping catches you'll see.
The Panthers are in their second season as a program after being founded by the parents of players who attended New Hampshire schools without football programs. The player you see pulling in the ridiculous behind-the-back 59-yard touchdown catch above is Brandon Brown, a student at Conant High School and first-year member of the Panthers. That grab was just the first salvo in a season-opening win for the Panthers, who rolled to a 21-0 blanking of Mt. Washington, a fellow team in the Independent Football League of New England.
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Granite State is back in action this Sunday, hosting the Seacoast Titans. No word on whether Brown has any more theatrical receptions planned.