What Happened: The Panthers reeled of 35 unanswered points to beat Woodruff 42-19 on Friday night. Abbeville now owns a 25 game unbeaten streak, which is best in the state, regardless of classification. The Panthers offensive line smothered potential Wolverine tacklers and the fleet footed A-Town sable of running backs piled up 500 yards rushing on 42 carries. (11.9 yards per rush) The Panther defense found their rhythm after allowing 13 Woodruff first quarter points.
The Turning Point: Jermaine Blackwell darted 18 yards for a touchdown and gave Abbeville it’s first lead of the night 14-13. The next play Woodruff ran resulted in a fumble that Abbeville recovered. Momentum was heavily on the side of the Panthers at that point and ole Uncle Mo plopped down on the Panthers sideline for the rest of the game when three plays later, Courtney Jackson walked in untouched and gave the Panthers a 21-13 lead.
When It Was Over: Junior Rapley and Courtney Jackson capped punishing scoring drives in the 3rd quarter with touchdown runs, putting A-Town up 35-13 heading into the 4th. Dooley Sanders out ran everybody on a 24 yard touchdown to put the nail in the coffin.
What’s Next: The Hite is finally open for business! It seems like an eternity since the Panthers walked down the steps and rubbed the bronze “Helmet of the Unknown Panther”. The wait is almost over. Emerald visits Abbeville this coming Friday night September 3rd. Kickoff is 7:30pm at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field.