The Panthers improved to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in region play as they rolled to a 36-7 victory Friday night over region foe Silver Bluff (3-4/0-3). The score doesn’t offer a fair representation of the actual game. Meaning, it’s wasn’t nearly that close. The Abbeville defense smothered the Bulldogs for four quarters while the Panthers chewed up yards and the clock offensively. The game never found a rhythm though. It was like sitting in stop and go traffic on the interstate. Once you think it’s about to take off, you have to slam on breaks again. The culprit? Penalties. The Panthers and Bulldogs were both penalized nine times each. Eighteen total penalties for 164 total yards. Far and away the most penalties in a game for Abbeville yet this season. The Panthers average 3.6 penalties per game. Aside from the flags, the Panthers were dominate, again. The defensive performance against the Bulldogs may have been the best of the season. Silver Bluff had 73 total yards of offense. Washington, the SB quarterback was held to two pass completions on 14 attempts for 20 total yards. SB rushed for 53 total yards, with most of that coming on the final drive of the game. Abbeville’s offense on the other hand, pushed, bullied and bulldozed their way to another outstanding performance. 295 yards on the ground, while averaging almost seven yards per play.
Ja’Bryan Sanders(4-45-1) got the scoring started with 8:06 to go in the 1st quarter with a 21 yard touchdown run. On the Panthers next possession, penalties stymied their drive and Dylan Beauford drilled a 43 yard field goal to give AHS a 10-0 lead with 5:18 to play in the opening stanza. Quarterback JD Moore(6-21-1) found the endzone with 1:38 left to give the Panthers an impressive 17-0 lead as the first quarter ended. Courtney Jackson(10-85-1) punched it in from 5 yards out and JD Moore found Quad Woods on a 25 yard touchdown pass just before halftime to stretch the lead to 29-0 at the break. Robin Crawford(5-33-1) scored the Panthers only touchdown in the 2nd half. The defense was staring at their 2nd consecutive shut out, and fourth shutout of the season when their donut dreams got dashed with 1:45 left in the game. A SB running back found the endzone from nine yards out. The Panthers improved their home win streak to 29 games, and won their 15th consecutive game overall. The Panthers defense did not allow a 3rd down conversion (0-9). They are holding their opponents to 14.4%.
The Panthers will take the show on the road this coming Friday. Another region game looms as the Panthers will face a tough group of Tigers from Saluda at Bettis-Herlong Stadium. A full preview of the Panthers and Tigers will be available later this week. As always…
God Bless and Go Panthers!