By Allen Hamrick
The Panthers have proven themselves once again as a team that you should never give up on. They obviously have not let the loss to Liberty Raleigh get them down and used that loss as a stepping stone to better football. This was proven last Thursday night as the Panthers took on the Bees of East Fairmont. Anytime a team plays in a nice stadium on faux grass and a score board the size of a semi, intimidation plays a factor. However, the Panthers definitely moved past that thought and brought their A game to the Bees. The Bees came to the field fired up and full of energy after getting an obvious shot of honey, but, as the stars would have it, got their hives robbed by the Panthers. It was a great game and an offensive and defensive feeding frenzy for the Panthers as they held class on how to play football.
The defense dominated the field, holding the Bees to just fourteen points. Meanwhile, the offense, simply put, pounded their way through the Bees’ line and scored a whopping 34 points, defeating the Bees by the score of 34-14. The Bees came into the game with the idea of simply running the ball down the Panthers’ throat. It just didn’t happen; it may have looked good on paper, but paper can be burned. The boys did a whale of a job running the ball. Elijah Payton bullied his way through their line leaving most of them wishing they hadn’t tried to tackle him. Grant Krajeski had his gun arm in and the sights set on both Andrew “Hollywood” Adkins and Caleb Atha. That combination racked up the offensive yards for the Panthers. The Panthers couldn’t be stopped unless there were at least three to bring them down. That being said, the offensive line did what they do best – opening holes and creating opportunity.
What can you say about Panther defense? They are bad to the bone, and other than the one loss, they have been the day of reckoning for any team against them. The Panthers will be back home this Friday to butt heads with Lincoln County. The Panthers are now 5-1 on the season and some of the toughest teams are left to play before their season is over with a possible playoff berth looming on the horizon. Come out and support the Panthers as they once again bring glory to the gridiron.