The Union County Panther (AA) took on the Habersham Central Raiders(AAAAAA) in a preseason scrimmage last night in Blairsville, Georgia. Both teams were looking to get some great practice in while competing like a regular game and they did not disappoint. The Raiders struck first with a 40 yard passing touchdown in the first quarter, but then it would be all Panthers for the rest of that quarter. The Panthers would drive the ball 70 yards and cap it off with a Pierson Allison 10 yard throw to Kanon Hemphill to get the Panthers even with the Raiders. The defense would come up big for the Panthers on the next possession.
With the Raiders driving, Union forced the quarterback to make a bad throw which resulted in a Chayton Schafer interception. Schafer’s interception set the Panthers up for a quick drive, resulting in a touchdown run by Chad Buzzard. The Raiders would answer on the next two possessions with two rushing touchdowns of their own. Union got the ball back before halftime and quarterback Pierson Allison did what he does best, make things happen. Pierson made a fantastic throw on 4th down to Cayden Rich to keep the drive alive. The drive would end with a touchdown pass to Chayton Schafer. This would take the two teams to halftime with three scores each.
Union County would get the ball after halftime and it would not take long for them to score. Allison found Kyle Morlock for a 25 yard touchdown to cap a 6 play drive. The Raiders would answer yet again with two more touchdowns of their own. This would conclude the varsity playing time and now the younger guys would get a chance to showcase their talent.
Quarterback Holden Heltcher would lead the Panthers on a long drive ending in a rushing touchdown by Payton Ivester. The younger Panthers defense would not budge or break which would take the game to the end of regulation. With the clock reading 0:00 the Panthers and Raiders would both end with 5 touchdowns each. The score was not kept because of it being a scrimmage. The Panthers looked very promising and will look to build on this moving into the regular season opener against East Hall on August 24th in Blairsville, GA. Go Panthers!