The smell of hamburgers cooking on the grill and the sound of the band playing the Panther hymn meant it was finally football season again. Your Union County Panthers (0-0) took on the East Hall vikings (0-1) last night in a non-conference game. It was finally time for the football season to official start.
The big question for the Panthers this year was, how were they going to replace Cole Wright (Army Commit). That would quickly be answered in the first quarter by Junior quarterback, Pierson Allison. After the panther defense shut the Vikings down it was time to see if the junior was the answer. Allison would lead the panthers down the field. The drive would be capped of by a 9 yard touchdown run by Senior running back Chad Buzzard. It was like deja vu because the next two touchdown drives would start and end like the first with Buzzard running it in. The Panthers defense was all over the place and would not give the Vikings an inch to work with. With the panthers up 21-0 we would head into halftime.
If the Vikings felt like the had any hope to make a comeback it would quickly be diminished. On the opening kickoff Senior safety, Chayton Schafer, would take it 80 yards to bring the score to 28-0. The Panthers would throw one more punch in the 3rd quarter with a 7 play, 70 yards touchdown drive topped of by a 7-yard run by Allison. The Vikings would throw a punch of their own in the fourth with 11 yard passing touchdown, but would miss the extra point. The game would end with Panthers victorious over the vikings 35-6. Some of the key performers from the game were: Chad Buzzard, Pierson Allison, Chayton Schafer, and the entire Panthers defense.
The Panthers look to build on this performance next week when they travel to Hiwassee, Georgia to take on the Towns County Indians (1-0).