Union County Panthers vs Dawson County Tigers
October 6, 2017
Location: Blairsville, GA
Back in ‘the Mike’ Friday evening, the Panthers were excited about one of the biggest games of the season! Not only was it a night to celebrate all of the Union County Hall of Famers, it was also a night to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness! With the Tigers being another region game, it was not to be taken lightly. With trash talking subsided, the Panthers and the Tigers took the field as the clock struck 7:30PM.
The UC captains were announced: #4 Kanon Hemphill, #8 Cole Wright, #11 RJ Banton and #52 Buddy Viera. Union lost the coin toss but received the ball at kickoff. As the Tigers lined up in an odd setup and fell inline to kick the ball, the Panthers returned it for two first-and-tens.
After one Tigers possession later, the Panthers received the ball again off a rugby style punt. #15 Cole Dockery found himself at the right place at the right time for an interception! He advanced the ball to the 12-yd line and then to the 3-yd line on a rush. Next play the Panthers score! With a swift fake rush to the left hand side, QB #8 Cole Wright found #21 Sawyer Drake wide open in the endzone for the first touchdown of the game! 7-0 Panthers with 3:06 left in the first quarter!
The Tigers battled back; with a 25-yd rush up the left side to end the first quarter. The Tigers attempt to score twice from the 4-yd line but then give up and decide to kick a field goal after being pushed back. 7-3 Panthers with 10:55 left in the second quarter.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Tigers were exceptionally good at passing the ball and at defense. They were able to score 7 additional touchdowns, making the score 52-7.
With pure determination, Panthers #8 Wright throws a 30-yd pass upfield to gain yardage. The next play they find themselves on the 7-yd line with a 1st-and-ten. #8 Wright finds #4 Kanon Hemphill just in time as he dives through the air in the back of the endzone to increase the score by 7. 52-14 Tigers with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.
The final touchdown of the game was also made by the Panthers! Sophomore QB #17 Pierson Allison finds #21 Sawyer Drake open on the left hand side and Drake sprints upfield for a 48-yd touchdown!!
Final Score: 52 – 21 Tigers.
Up next, the Panthers face North Hall on the road. North Hall is currently ranked #3 in the 7-AAA Region! The Panthers are now 4-3 overall for the season and 0-3 for Region. We need your support Panther fans!
Also, support the Panthers JV team this Thursday, October 12, 2017 as they face Lumpkin County at home at 5:30PM! The JV Panthers are 3-1 currently!
RUSHING – 74 yards PASSING – 184 yards
RUSHING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 10-69; #24 C. Buzzard 13-13; #2 C. Schafer 1-7 Total: 74 Rushing Yards
PASSING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 13-29; 134; #17 P. Allison 1-1; 50 Total: 184 Passing Yards
RECEIVING — Panthers: #21 S. Drake 6-91 (2 TDs); #2 C. Schafer 1-43; #4 K. Hemphill 3-23 (1 TD); #22 A. Pattee 2-22; #18 L. Dyer 1-5; #24 C. Buzzard 1–