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Panthers crave win over Bears
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SACKED! Thomas Penny chases down Glenn Hills’ quarterback last Friday. Penny ended up with two sacks in the game. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Panthers look to have a taste for bear meat as they travel to Burke County tonight for a tough regional game against the Burke County Bears.
The Panthers continue to play hard-nose defense, forcing the Glenn Hills’ quarterback to throw 35 passes and only complete 8. They also forced two passes that were intercepted in last week’s 28-8 victory.
In fact, it would be the Panthers’ special team and not the defense that gave Glenn Hills their only touchdown return.
At the helm last week was sophomore quarterback Julian Stokes, who had an outstanding offensive performance backed up by Roderick Jones, Byron Calahan and Brandon Roberts.
Senior quarterback Henry Barrett was in the game, this time as a wide receiver giving Stokes an extra safety outlet if needed.
The defense shut down Glenn Hills’ running game and is hoping to repeat that performance against the Bears tonight.
While it’s tougher to play away from home, it’s the thought of keeping the winning streak alive that carries the team right now.
This is the first regional game for both teams and while every game counts, these are the crucial games that determine who moves forward and who drops out of competition.
Playing both offense and defense, Brandon Roberts led the tackles with six, Dimitri Lane had five tackles and Marcus Jefferson had four. Tachory Rhodes and Artavious Frost had three tackles each, DeAngelo Quarterman and Kendrick Jones each had two. Jones also had two assists and a tackle for a loss. Reggie Bodie was in the quarterback’s face all night forcing seven hurries.
The Bears are 3-2 and average 17 points a game. The Panthers are 4-1 averaging 27 points a game.
Last year, the Panthers had a 22-15 victory over the Bears. But the Bears defeated the Panthers in 2004 and 2005.
The Panthers have their homecoming next Friday against Richmond Hill at 7:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 tickets at the gate are $7.
An interview with the coach and players Roderick Jones and Byron Calahan may be viewed in the Panther Pit.
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