Abbeville’s pack of Panthers went to The Pit and profusely pounded the Purple Panthers of Batesburg. Yes, that was the first tongue twister I’ve ever opened an article with, and now we’ll move past my weak attempt at alliteration to more important news. Your #1 ranked Abbeville Panthers improved to 6-0 on the season and 1-0 in region play with a 30-6 victory over long time rival Batesburg-Leesville. It was a hard hitting slug fest as most expected. Abbeville led 23-6 in the fourth quarter when #34 Brady Wilson blocks a B-L punt and #85 DeMarquise Jackson scoops and scores for the final points of the night. Abbeville loaded the buses and brought back their 18th consecutive road win, and their 28th consecutive win overall.
This Friday night another first will take place at 701 Washington Street. The Fox Creek Predators will make their first ever appearance on the hallowed grounds of Hite Stadium-Botts Field. First year head coach LaFayette Stewart will lead Fox Creek on the trek from North Augusta with a record of 4-2 and 1-0 in region play. Last week FC defeated Ninety Six 17-7 and totaled 228 yards rushing. FC runs an H-back spread offense. They are balanced in the run and the pass, much like you saw from Batesburg-Leesville last week. Predator running back Ryan Chavous burned the Wildcats for 179 yards rushing on 27 carries. Quarterback Jadon Johnson connected with wide receiver Jantonious Butler for 2 touchdowns in that game as well. The FC offense is averaging 26 points per game while giving up 20.5 on defense. The FC defense is led by linebacker Dawson Lewis who has 40 tackles on the season as well as 22 tackles for loss and six sacks. After losing their first two games of the season, Fox Creek has reeled off four straight wins outscoring their opponents 109-47 in the process. The Predators are big and fast and will come into The Hite with upset on their mind.
Meanwhile Abbeville is protecting a 37 game home win streak, and is looking to remain undefeated in region play. The Panthers have found their rhythm on offense, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. The Panthers have collectively rushed for 1,652 already this season. JD Moore (71-547-5)
Martico Jackson (70-549-2) Tyrell Haddon (46-257-4) and Cruz Temple (28-158-3) is the four-headed monster in the offensive backfield. They, among others are chewing up yardage, burning up the game clock and punching the ball into the end zone with the grace and brutality of a monster truck ballet. The defensive line continues to be nearly unblockable. Ar’Darius ‘Bone’ Burton won player of the game last week. He collected 2.5 sacks had 3 tackles, 2 for loss and generally wreaked havoc in the B-L backfield. Even if he didn’t make the tackle, h
e influenced the play. He fought through double teams, getting chipped by running backs and still man handled the opposing offensive linemen. Those big guys in the trenches don’t get a lot of media coverage, but just watch them and not the ball one series, and you’ll see why the coaches are gushing about this group of guys. The season is still young, but when it’s all said and done, this year’s Panther defensive line could go down as one of the best to ever wear the A.
It’s Abbeville Youth Athletics Night at Hite Stadium and a PINK OUT! Wear your pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and come out and celebrate our rec league teams as well. Also, the cheerleaders have been hosting a Kiddie Cheer Camp this week. All of those young ladies will be cheering on their Panthers throughout the game. It’s going to be a great night for football at Hite Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm, admission is $7 and there is a clear bag policy. As always…
God Bless and Go Panthers!