Anytime a football team’s regular schedule is thrown off there is cause for some concern. We are creatures of habit, and most well coached football programs stick to a routine. Especially if that routine has produced six state championship game appearances in eight years. While a Thursday night game wasn’t the end of the world, I’ll be honest, a little luster was lost not playing on a Friday night. The Panthers however, did what great teams do. They adjusted, handled their business and went home with another dominate 50-0 victory over the Fox Creek Predators.
The ending score wasn’t necessarily indicative to how the game began. The Panthers offense looked flat on their first couple of drives. It wasn’t until Courtney Jackson(7-58-2) powered into the endzone with 1:30 left in the first quarter that you began to see some energy on the A-Town sideline. That energy led to a Quadarius Guillebeaux interception on the next Fox Creek drive. JD Moore(11-147-2) scooted 33 yards for a touchdown just 52 seconds after Jackson’s TD run and the Panthers led 15-0 after the first quarter. Jackson and Moore added TD runs of 16 and 80 yards to send the game to halftime with the Panthers leading 29-0. Robin Crawford (4-18-1) Cruz Temple (2-18-1) and Malik Leach (2-8-1) capped the 2nd half scoring and the Panthers rolled to their second straight region win. Back up QB Hunter Rogers (6-97) helped control the clock and lead the Panthers in the third and fourth quarters.
Even though the Panthers grinded out 489 yards rushing at 11.4 yards per carry, the story of the night was the defense. Interceptions by Quadarius Guillebeaux, Malik Leach and David Cobb, who swiped two picks on the night, kept the Fox Creek offense rattled. Fox Creek’s highly touted QB Cam Mitchem was harassed all night by Jihad Washington and the speedy and relentless Panther defensive line. Mitchem finished 3 of 13 passing for 34 yards and 4 interceptions. He rushed 12 times for just 26 yards. Overall, Fox Creek only managed 100 total yards on 40 plays. That’s an average of 2.5 yards per play. When the clock hit zero’s, the Donut Gang had another shut out and a date with some krispy kreme’s this coming Tuesday.
Check back later this week for a full preview of the Silver Bluff game, which is this coming Friday at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field. And, be sure to grab something Pink to wear. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Panthers are supporting the cause with it’s annual PINK OUT game. All fans, wear your Pink! As always….
God Bless and Go Panthers!