Can we all collectively give a big round of applause to West Carolina Tel for an outstanding event last night?! Having a major corporation such as WCTEL in our community is a huge asset. Their relentless effort of giving back is just short of amazing. So, before we get into the heart of this article I just wanted to say kudos to WCTEL for another outstanding kickoff classic! It doesn’t go unnoticed and we appreciate the men and women of that fine corporation.
Now to the football.
Wow. That really sums how many people felt as they filed out of Hite Stadium Friday night. The Panthers looked to be in mid-season form, and Friday night was only their third
day in full pads. The aggressive nature of this Panther team was evident from the very start.
Abbeville took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards right down the field, and scored with ease. Senior quarterback Bryce Jackson scored the first touchdown of the night. Jackson rushed 9 times for 61 yards with a touchdown in the contest. He was also 2-5 for 40 yards in the air. Jackson didn’t play the whole scrimmage as the Panthers looked to be well in control of the outcome from the onset. Junior Rapley carried the ball 3 times for 39 yards(13 yds per carry). Dominick Washington had 8 carries for 37 yards. Cruz Temple had 2 carries for 6 yards and the last touchdown on the night. As a team the Panthers totaled 31 carries for 172 yards (5.5 yards per carry) in the 24 minute contest.
The offense, while committing a few too many penalties, which is expected in the first Jamboree of the season, looked fast and physical versus their 3A Newberry counterparts.
Defensively the Panthers were suffocating. The Panther defense only allowed two Bulldog first downs and recorded a safety in the contest. The Panther front 7 controlled the line of scrimmage and applied serious pressure on the Bulldog quarterback. They clogged the running lanes and dominated the bigger Newberry offense for the entire scrimmage. A 16-0 Panther victory left the Garnet and Gold clad faithful with a big smile on their faces Friday night.
So, what’s next? Practice Monday, and then a scrimmage versus Lexington High on Tuesday. Lexington is coached by Perry Woolbright, who was the head coach at Batesburg last season. The Panthers will play in the Greenwood Jamboree this coming Thursday night. Check back for updates and a preview of the Greenwood Jamboree this coming week.
God Bless and Go Panthers!