Friday Jan 4, the Panthers faced off in a region matchup against the Lumpkin County Indians. The Lady Panthers tipped off at 7pm, the Lady Panthers got off to a hot start, taking a 12-3 lead as the first quarter came to a close.
The Lady Panthers continued to impress in the second quarter, led by sophomore center Kait Mccarter. Mccarter nearly had a double-double in the first half, with 10 points scored and eight boards collected before the end of the first two quarters of play.
After halftime, the Lady Panthers showed no signs of letting up. They went on a 10-3 run to end the third quarter with a score of 34-19 going into the fourth, a somewhat comfortable 15-pt lead.
The fourth quarter was a duplication of the previous three, demonstrated with an 11-2 run by the Lady Panthers, who at one point led by as many as 24.
The Lady Panthers top scorers were senior guard Bailey Daniel who had 19 (she is 7 points away from 1000!) and sophomore forward Kait Mccarter with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers improve to 10-4 and 3-1 in 7-AAA. The next game will be Saturday, Jan 5, at Andrews (NC) at 5:30pm.
The Panthers followed the Lady Panthers, tipping off at 8:30pm Friday night.
The varsity boys got off to a hot start, with starting forward Sawyer Drake scoring 12 straight points to put Union County up 23-17 after the first quarter of regulation.
Early in the second, however, tragedy struck as the super sophomore was forced to limp off the court in pain. Preliminary reports speculate Drake suffered a torn meniscus, an injury that would certainly leave some large shoes to fill for the Panthers.
As the team regrouped, they continued to keep the momentum in their favor and led by as many as 17 in before heading to the locker room at halftime, leading by 13, 40-27.
The third quarter was much of the same, as the Panthers came out and went back to work. They managed the ball well offensively, avoided unnecessary fouls, and continued to apply pressure defensively; extending their lead at the end of the third by a score of 64-39. A large part of that effort offensively came from senior forward Crawford Colwell, who had produced 21 points going into the final quarter of play.
Union (12-2, 3-1) finished the game with a final score of 76-54. They traveled to Andrews (NC) on Saturday, full story to follow.
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Friday Dec. 29, the panthers looked to finish off day 3 of the Battle of the States tournament. Both teams were 1-1 and were playing for 3rd place. Both were playing towns. The lady panthers dominated all assets of the game.
The lady Indians were missing star freshman forward Kennedi Henson and the lady panthers capitalized early and often as the panthers out rebounded the lady Indians 16-6 in the first half. The score was 13-8 at the end of Q1.
The lead grew of the course of Q2 at the half the score was 24-13 as sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey led the team with 8 points. At the end of Q3 38-22. Union ended the game with a final score of 52-33 at sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey had 16 and senior guard Bailey Daniel had 14.
Union out rebounded the lady Indians 28-12 as The lady panthers finished 3 and had one all tournament selection which was Bailey Daniel. The lady panthers are currently ranked 11th in AAA and host the #14 lady Vikings Jan. 2nd @ 6.
A hyrdonic pipe burst in the sprinkler system outside of the Union County High School gymnasium caused administrators to make a quick decision with regard for the safety of students, spectators and school administration. The East Hall High School basketball teams were scheduled to play at UCHS, but with water leaking and likely to freeze on the sidewalk outside the entrance of the facility; the decision to reschedule was an obvious choice.
“The pipe broke before East Hall got there,” UCHS athletic director Bryan Allison told TeamFYNSports Wednesday afternoon. The good news: It’s already been fixed.
The bad news? Not necessarily bad – but the games have been rescheduled for tonight (Wed) at East Hall High School in Gainesville. The varsity girls tip-off at 5pm, with the boys game following at 6:30pm. TeamFYNSports will provide courtside coverage and a full story about the game will be up tomorrow.
TeamFYNSports director Jason Banks called in this morning for our Monday Morning Quarterback segment. He and BKP discussed Fannin’s tough loss to Lumpkin, Ridgeland’s win over Pickens, and East Hall’s loss at Dawson. Follow TeamFYNSports for all your up to date high school football coverage in our North Ga region. Every Friday night we have your complete sideline coverage.
Union County Panthers vs East Hall Vikings
September 29, 2017
Location: Gainesville, GA
With the sun shining on the Panthers as they arrived at East Hall’s football stadium Friday night, the mood was light. Parents and students mingled with one another as East Hall’s band serenaded the stadium and their cheerleaders released balloons into the open sky.
East Hall is now ranked #3 in the AAA Region 7 standings behind GAC and Dawson County and #8 in the Georgia AAA Region. To my knowledge, East Hall does not currently have any players committed to continue their football career in college.
With the matchup beginning promptly at 7:30pm, the UC captains were announced: #8 Cole Wright, #11 RJ Banton, #50 Coleson Daniel, and #70 Jeffery Buzzard. Not sure who won the coin toss but Union County received the ball first!
Panthers, determined to get the advantage, scored first! #8 Cole Wright found #21 Sawyer Drake wide open in the endzone for a 26-yd pass! The kick by #36 Brian Smith was good for a Panthers 7-0 lead with 8:27 left in the first quarter.
The Vikings battled back; passing their way upfield to even out the score. Ut. Oh. Vikings QB threw for a 44-yd wide open touchdown! There was a sideline warning penalty on the Vikings; Union fans cheered with hopes that the touchdown would be no good but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. 7-7 with 7:17 left in the first.
East Hall scored two more again the Panthers in the first quarter. They used a combination of passing to push them upfield and get in scoring position. Vikings QB threw a 26-yd pass which pushed them to 1st and Goal, then used one of their larger players to dive overtop of the defense in order to score. The final touchdown of the first quarter was from a similar situation except the player tiptoed into the endzone. The kick, however, was no good. Vikings lead 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.
#17 Pierson Allison replaced #8 Cole Wright momentarily during the first quarter but Wright completed the game for the Panthers, even though he appeared to be limping and in pain for most of the game.
East Hall goes on to score 3 more touchdowns against the Panthers through the first half and a quarter of the way through the third quarter. Thus increasing the deficit to 42-14 Vikings.
Panthers, playing with heart, work their way to the end zone once more. #8 Cole Wright digs his way on the left hand side for another touchdown and limps his way over to the sideline as #36 Brian Smith kicks once more. 42-21 Vikings with 7:25 left in the third quarter.
With a quick blitz and run up the right hand side, the Vikings score again off a 50-yd rush and a short pass to their #1. 49-21, 5:47 remaining in the third.
Back and forth they go, the Panthers score again!
#24 Chad Buzzard on the carry pushed the Panthers all the way to the 5-yd line. One penalty later and a 20-yd pass puts the ball in the hands of #21 Sawyer Drake for another touchdown! 49-28 now with 3:34 left in the third.
As I mentioned before, the game seemed to be a game of back-and-forth. The Panthers scored and then the Vikings scored. Then repeat that once more.
East Hall scored the final touchdown of the game due to the Panthers inability to gain yardage on their last possession. The game ended on an incomplete pass around the 30-yd line. Final Score: 62 – 42 Vikings.
Now that they have seen the competition they will be facing the remaining games of the season, the Panthers must put in the extra work. The remainder of the season will not be easy. Up next, they face Dawson County at Home. Dawson is currently ranked #1 in the 7-AAA Region! The Panthers are now 4-2 overall for the season and 0-2 for Region! We need your support Panther fans!
Also, support the Panthers JV team this Thursday, October 5, 2017 as they face Chestatee on the road at 5:30PM! The JV Panthers are 2-1 currently!
RUSHING – 279 yards PASSING – 282 yards
RUSHING — Panthers: #24 C. Buzzard 24-152; #8 C. Wright 16-119 (1 TD); #15 C. Dockery 4-15 Total: 279 Rushing Yards
PASSING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 18-32; 282; #17 P. Allison 0-1 Total: 112 Passing Yards
RECEIVING — Panthers: #21 S. Drake 6-115 (2 TDs); #24 C. Buzzard 3-63 (2 TDs); #2 C. Schafer 2-52; #22 A. Pattee 3-17; #84 K. Morlock 1-15 (1 TD); #20 C. Rich 2-12; #15 C. Dockrey 1-8
TACKLES — Panthers: #2 C. Schafer 7; #11 R. Banton 6; #14 R. Barrett 6; #17 P. Allison 5; #32 J. Colwell 5; #53 M. Beise 3; #12 S. Dobbins 3; #30 H. Kelley 2
Union County Panthers vs Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans
September 22, 2017
Location: Blairsville, GA
With the threat of rain approaching at the start of the Homecoming festivities on Friday night, the atmosphere was slightly sound. Parents, friends and teachers arrived several hours before kickoff to support the court and take pictures. Colorful dresses and flashes of camera lights filled up the Panthers endzone. The guys went on to complete their normal pre-game warmups and prepare for the challenge that was ahead.
Greater Atlanta Christian, also known as GAC is now ranked #1 in the AAA Region 7 standings and #6 in the Georgia AAA Region. GAC’s football program is responsible for producing 3 D1 commits this season alone: CB/RB #2 Kyler McMichael (Clemson), CB/WR #4 Trey Morrison (UNC), DE #74 Chris Hinton (Michigan).
As the clock struck 7:30pm, so did the lightning. The game was delayed for exactly one hour before the matchup could begin. After a series of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, the weather finally subsided and the teams took the field. The UC captains for the game were: #8 Cole Wright, #11 RJ Banton, #14 Riley Barrett, and #62 Del Ruff. GAC won the coin toss but allowed Union to receive the ball first.
Panthers, with an unintentional error, threw an interception at the 33-yd line for the first play of the game. It took GAC all of 45 seconds and 2 plays to score against the Panthers making it 7-0.
In the middle of play, the entire stadium lights went out! WOAH. The only lights that remained on for a duration of 30 minutes were those in the press box and those on the scoreboard. To add humor to the evening, fans began to pull out their phones with their flashlights on and wave them in their air like they were at a concert. It was pretty neat!
With all of the weather and technical difficulties out of the way for the evening, play resumed.
GAC scored once again with 5:18 left in the first off a 5-yd run up the middle. With a nasty onside kick, the Spartans tricked the Panthers and regained possession at their own 45-yd line. It took the Spartans 17 seconds, a 44-yd pass and a 1-yd rush to score the 3rd touchdown. 21-0 GAC.
Panthers with possession, paw upfield for a 1st and 10 at the 31-yd line. Yet, unfortunately, fumble the ball and do not recover. A few plays later, GAC scores again. 28-0 with 3:22 left in the first.
#17 Pierson Allison had to replace #8 Cole Wright halfway through the 1st due to a foot injury.
Panthers determined to change the score, work their way from the Spartans 20-yd line all the way to their endzone. At the 10-yd line #17 Pierson Allison dances around the backfield and bounces off some Spartans before finding #84 Kyle Morlock on the left hand side!! #36 Brian Smith puts it clean between the posts! 28-7 Spartans with 55 seconds left in the 1st.
GAC went on to score 2 more touchdowns against the Panthers before the end of the half. 41-7 Spartans.
The fans stuck around and were anxiously awaiting the halftime show. Homecoming 2017. Union County does their homecoming slightly different than most schools; each grade has a different number of representatives. Freshman elect 2, Sophomores elect 3, Juniors elect 4, and Seniors elect 5.
The members of the 2017 Homecoming Court are as followed: Freshman: Hannah Todd & Chloe Truex. Sophomore: Megan Bright, Caroline Collins, & Cydney Rich. Junior: Aladriel Arnold, Allison Fair, Maddie Sutton, & Carolyne Stone. Senior: Claudia Ledezma, Hannah Lickey, Jessica Palomo, Emily Rittenhouse, & Baylee Young.
The 2017 Homecoming Queen was awarded to Senior JESSICA PALOMO! The first runner up was awarded to Senior Claudia Ledezma & the second runner up was awarded to Senior Baylee Young. Congratulations ladies!!
The Spartans put up one final touchdown in the 4th quarter, ending the game at 47-7 with the Panthers first loss of the season.
The Panthers look forward to facing East Hall in Gainesville, GA for their second conference game of the season on September 29, 2017 at 7:30PM. The Panthers are now 4-1 overall for the season and 0-1 for Region! We need your support Panther fans!
Also, support the Panthers JV team this Thursday, September 28, 2017 as they face the Dawson County Tigers at home at 5:30PM! The JV Panthers are 2-0 currently!
RUSHING – 112 yards PASSING – 46 yards
RUSHING — Panthers: #24 C. Buzzard 20-27; #8 C. Wright 4-15; #17 P. Allison 2-13; #15 C. Dockery 3-5 Total: 46 Rushing Yards
PASSING — Panthers: #17 P. Allison 14/20, 112; #8 C. Wright 0-3 Total: 112 Passing Yards
RECEIVING — Panthers: #20 C. Rich 5-29; #4 K. Hemphill 3-24; #84 K. Morlock 2-20 (1 TD); #2 C. Schafer 2-14; #21 S. Drake 1-14; #22 A. Pattee 1-11
TACKLES — Panthers: #2 C. Schafer 5; #11 R. Banton 4; #17 P. Allison 3; #34 B. Nelson 3; #14 R. Barrett 2; #53 M. Beise 2; #74 N. Ledford 2; #7 A. Scott 2, etc.
Union County Panthers vs Banks County Leopards
September 15, 2017
Location: Blairsville, GA
Friday night was a very ‘colorful’ night for the Panthers, to say the least! Some fans entered the stadium in bright neon colors and others in their own football jerseys/cheer outfits. It was a Neon Night for the UCHS Student Section and also a night to recognize the Union County Recreation Department football players and cheerleaders.
With the game proceedings beginning, the roar of the crowd became silent when the National Anthem was played and the captains were listed off over the intercom. The UC captains for the game were: #8 Cole Wright, #11 RJ Banton, #76 Clay Carroll, and #34 Bryan Nelson. Banks County won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball first.
The Panthers, determined to continue to keep their undefeated streak for the season, showed their enthusiasm and scored first off a 1-yd pass from #8 Cole Wright to #22 Austin Pattee. The kick from #36 Brian Smith was good making it 7-0 Panthers with 5:31 left in the first.
Realizing the talent they were up against, the Leopards put it into gear and worked their way down field. On their third attempt at the 2-yd line, the Leopards put up 6 against the Panthers on a rush. The kick was absolutely NO good due to a remarkable diving block by Panthers #2 Chayton Schafer!!
This would be the only time the Leopards scored against the Panthers for the duration of the game.
With something to prove, Panthers Junior #2 Chayton Schafer decided to show off his wheels and take a kickoff return up field. Literally … up the field. Remarkably, he zig-zagged his way up the right side and nearly to the endzone before he was tripped up by a Leopard player. He fumbled the ball BUT a fellow Panther fell on the ball in the endzone, scoring yet another touchdown! 14-6 Panthers with 1:09 left in the first.
With the Panthers ‘ready to eat,’ they wasted no energy showing mercy to the Leopards. In the second quarter the Panthers scored an additional three more touchdowns! Two of which were made by Senior Quarterback #8 Cole Wright! Wright, remaining completely untouched and headed in the right direction (pun intended), scored his first touchdown of the night off a 39-yd run. 21-6 Panthers with 10:02 remaining in the second!
With an amazing interception by #17 Pierson Allison the Panthers get the ball on the 8-yd line.
#22 Pattee with a complete short pass, made it 3rd down with 3 to go for the Panthers. With incredible feel for the ball, #8 Wright, spotted an opening on the left-hand side and dove through some Leopards into the endzone to increase the score to 28-6 with 3:06 left in the second!
Moving quickly through the end of the first half, Panthers #8 Wright manages to advance upfield after a 17-yd cutback. Panthers kicker #36 Brian Smith places a ball high and through the posts for a 26-yd field goal. 31-6 Panthers to end the half!
RUSHING – 267 yards PASSING – 163 yards
RUSHING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 12-162 (2 TD); #24 C. Buzzard 12-61; #15 C. Dockery 9-28; #14 R. Barrett 1-10; #17 P. Allison 1-6 Total: 267 Rushing Yards
PASSING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 13/23, 163 (2 TD) Total: 163 Passing Yards
RECEIVING — Panthers: #18 L. Dyer 3-48; #22 A. Pattee 6-40 (1 TD); #4 K. Hemphill 1-40; #2 C. Schafer 1-15; #84 K. Morlock 1-15; #21 S. Drake 1-5 (1 TD)
TACKLES — Panthers: #11 R. Banton 6; #32 J. Colwell 5; #12 S. Dobbins 5; #34 B. Nelson 4; #53 M. Beise 3; #2 C. Schafer 2; etc.
With another win under their belt, the Panthers look forward to hosting Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC) for their first conference game of the season on September 22, 2017 at 7:30PM. The Panthers are now 4-0 for the season! Please note that this Friday will also be Homecoming!
Also, support the Panthers JV team this Thursday, September 21, 2017 as they face the White County Warriors on the road at 5:30PM! The JV Panthers are 1-0 currently!