Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Jason Fite
Contributing Sports Writer 

Panthers Take Down Tigers


October 1, 2020

The Lewis County Middle School Panther football team hosted the Hardin County Tigers at A.B. Sisco Athletic Field on Thursday night, September 24, 2020, hoping to snap a two-game losing skid.

In a defensive struggle from the onset, the Panthers and Tigers struggled to put together sustained drives in the opening quarter as each team had defensive stands with the Panthers, completely shutting down the Tiger offense as Hardin County had minus -10 yards in the opening eight minutes.

Early in the second quarter, the Tigers took advantage of a Panther turnover and capitalized on great field position to march to the end zone, scoring on a 2 yard run. The Panther defense was able to force an incompletion on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt and the Tigers led 6-0.

On the next possession, the Panthers put together a scoring drive, highlighted by a big run from Micah Godfrey. With just under three minutes remaining in the first half, Reggie Wade broke free on a 10-yard run to the end zone, and was given the ball again on a successful 2-point conversion run, staking the Panthers to an 8-6 lead.

The second half was completely dominated by both defenses as neither team was able to move into position to score, with the Tigers only having the opportunity to run 4 plays from scrimmage and limited to 24 yards. The Panther defense forced a big fumble and recovery in the third that kept the Tiger offense off the field and kept the score 8-6.

In an exciting fourth quarter, the Panthers again stood firm and forced a turnover on downs inside their own 30, in a moment that seemed to seal the victory. But, only moments later, the Panthers were faced with a fourth-and-inches call on their own half of the field with under 1:30 on the clock to play after a questionable spot of the ball. The Tiger defense stopped the run and the Panthers gave up the ball with just over a minute to play.

Once again the Panther defense was asked to keep the Tigers at bay, and a crucial penalty on a potential touchdown denied the Tigers the end zone, and on a pivotal third down play, Drew Ray blasted through to take down the Tiger quarterback. Fourth and long with eleven seconds on the clock the Tiger quarterback spiked the ball to stop the clock giving the ball back to the Panthers with only seconds remaining. The Panthers lined up in the victory formation and quarterback Kolt Skelton took a knee as time expired on a big 8-6 win at home for the Panthers.

Reggie Wade had 53 yards on 9 carries and a touchdown for the Panthers, Micah Godfrey 7 for 42, Nathaniel Caamal 11 for 18, Jalen Smith 1 for 6, and Drew Ray 1 for 5. Quarterback Kolt Skelton was 1-2 passing for 4 yards and an interception.

The Panther defense controlled the game, limiting the Tigers to only 24 plays from scrimmage and 84 total yards on the night, and highlighted by big defensive plays by Drew Ray, Corbyn Harris, and a host of other contributors.

The Panthers, 3-3 on the season, played their final game of the season on Tuesday, September 29 against South Henderson at A.B. Sisco Athletic Field on Eighth Grade Night.


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