The Union County Panthers hosted the Bremen Blue Devils in the first round of the GHSA playoffs Friday night. Union was the 2 seed out of their region and Bremen was the 3 seed. However, this did not mean much to the Blue Devils or the Panthers they both came to win the game no matter the seeding. Union was looking to break another record by breaking the curse of the first round. The Panthers have never won a first round game in football. Union would win the toss and select to differ to the second half.
With the rain and wind blowing it was time to get things started at the Mike. Brian Smith would kick the ball out of the end zone giving the ball to Blue Devils on their own 20 yard line. It would take 7 minutes for the Blue Devils to drive the ball down score giving them early lead. Union would now get the chance to even the score, but could not get anything going. The high powered Bremen Blue Devils would take the field. They would march it down the field again and score to bring the score to 14-0. Pierson and the crew would take the field hoping to get something going, but just could not. The Panthers would force the Blue Devils to punt and Chayton Schafer would block it right before half time. Brian Smith would kick a field goal to get the Panthers on the board. Bremen would run a hurry up offense to give them another touchdown before half giving the Blue Devils a 21-3 lead at the half.
The Panthers would receive the second half kickoff looking to get back in these game. However, Union could never get it going. The Blue Devils would dominate the second half scoring 13 unanswered points before Allison found Morlock for a 30 yard passing touchdown. Bremen would score one more time before the final sound giving them a 40-10 win. The Union County Panthers accomplished so much this season and have so much to be proud of. Help us congratulate the Panthers and wish all of the seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors. Thank you Panthers for all the excitement and memories that you created for us this season. As always. Go Panthers!!
The Union County Panthers traveled to Tiger, Georgia Friday night to take on the Wildcats of Rabun County. Both teams had the same goal in mind and that was to win the region championship. This game was not only a huge region game for both, but it is also a big rivalry game. With the wind blowing hard on a chilly night it was time to get things rolling.
Union would kick to the wildcats on the opening kickoff. The Wildcats would drive down the field, but the Panthers defense flexed their necks and stopped them on fourth down. Pierson and the high powered offense would take the field and it would not take long for them to get going. The second offensive play Allison found Sawyer Drake on a 50 yard touchdown to get the Panthers on top early. The Wildcats would be picked off by Alec Scott on their next possession, but Union could not get anything from it. Rabun would go down the and score on a 7 yard rushing touchdown making the score 7-7 after the first. The second quarter Rabun County would score on 3 rushing touchdowns and the Panthers would answer with a 14 yard recieving touchdown to bring the score to 28-14 at the break.
Union would receive the kickoff in the second half. The Panthers could not get much going in the third quarter except when Pierson Allison found Sawyer Drake on a 45 yard touchdown. Rabun would add 3 more rushing touchdowns giving them a 21-49 advantage after three quarters of football. Union and Rabun would exchange a blow a piece on rushing touchdowns to bring the final score to 28-56. Union finishes the regular season at 9-1 and the 2nd seed out of region 8-AA. The Panthers will host the Bremen Blue Devils this Friday night at 7:30 pm in Blairsville,Georgia.
|Rabun County||6-0||1.000||323||70||9-1||0.900||482||167||9 W|
|Union County||6-0||1.000||268||74||9-1||0.900||425||150||1 L|
|Elbert County||5-2||0.714||262||101||7-3||0.700||343||150||3 W|
|Banks County||3-4||0.429||144||223||4-6||0.400||194||273||2 L|
|Putnam County||2-5||0.286||109||227||3-7||0.300||172||323||1 W|
|Social Circle||1-6||0.143||130||297||4-6||0.400||271||311||4 L|
|Oglethorpe County||0-7||0.000||56||281||0-10||0.000||70||364||10 L|
- * Denotes region data.
11/2 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Monticello – – – – 36 Social Circle – – – – 28
11/2 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Elbert County 6 21 14 0 41 Banks County 0 0 0 0 0
11/2 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Putnam County – – – – 13 OCHS – – – – 10
11/2 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Union County 7 7 7 7 28 Rabun County 7 21 21 7 56
Region Stat Leaders
Friday Night the Union County Panthers hosted the Social Circle Redskins at Mike Memorial Stadium in the final regular season home game for the Panthers. Since it was the last home game the Panthers had senior night. The Panthers will be graduating 13 seniors this year including key defensive players, Chayton Schafer and Jackson Colwell. They will also graduate key offensive players, Coleson Daniel and Kannon Hemphill. After the festivities had finished it was time for the Panthers to hammer down. The Panthers started fast and did not give the Redskins a chance.
The Redskins would get the ball first and would not get anything going, which resulted in them punting to the Panthers. It was time for the high powered Union County offense to take the field. Pierson would march the Panthers down the field and call his own number for a 5 yard rushing touchdown. Social would take the field and still not get anything going which would be the outcome all night thanks to the bickwall defense. Union’s next two touchdowns were both 70+ yards and both were passing touchdowns. The first would go to Kyle Morlock for 77 yards and and the second would go to Sawyer Drake for 74 yards. This would bring a end to the quarter with the score 21-0. Union would not miss a beat in the second quarter. Kannon Hemphill would catch a 36 yard touchdown from Pierson Allison to take the score to 28-0. Then Cayden Rich would score his first ever varsity touchdown from 52 yards out from Pierson Allison. At the break the score would be Union 35, Social Circle 0.
Social Circle would opt to have a running clock in the second half because of the 30 points rule. Union would get some young guys into the mix. Logan Helcher would find Zion Ross in the 3rd quarter to bring the score to 35-0 heading into the fourth. The Union County young guys would hold their own and only give up 7 points to the Redskins against their starters. At the final buzzard the Panthers would be victorious 42-7. Now the Panthers will look towards the Region Championship this Friday against the Wildcats of Rabun County. They will travel to Tiger,GA for a 7:30 kickoff against a very good Rabun team. Good Luck Panthers!!
|Rabun County||6-0||1.000||323||70||8-1||0.889||426||139||8 W|
|Union County||6-0||1.000||268||74||9-0||1.000||397||94||9 W|
|Elbert County||4-2||0.667||221||101||6-3||0.667||302||150||2 W|
|Banks County||3-3||0.500||144||182||4-5||0.444||194||232||1 L|
|Putnam County||1-5||0.167||96||217||2-7||0.222||159||313||2 L|
|Social Circle||1-5||0.167||102||261||4-5||0.444||243||275||3 L|
|Oglethorpe County||0-6||0.000||46||268||0-9||0.000||60||351||9 L|
- * Denotes region data
10/26 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Social Circle – – – – 7 Union County – – – – 42
10/26 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Banks County 13 6 6 8 33 Monticello 14 16 0 6 36
10/26 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final OCHS 0 0 6 0 6 Rabun County 28 28 0 7 63
10/26 @ 7:30p Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Putnam County – – – – 2 Elbert County – – – – 37
Region Stat Leaders
Coming into the Union County Football season there was a big question if Pierson Allison was going to be able to get it done at the Quarterback position. Pierson has answered the question all year and it was no different Friday night. Pierson completed 9 of his 11 passes for 341 yards and 4 touchdowns. Allison also added 20 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. Pierson is top 10 in the state in passing yards for this season. Congrats Pierson and the entire Union County team.
The Panthers traveled two and a half hours Southeast to Elberton, Georgia to take on the Blue Devils of Elbert Friday night. Union had one goal in mind and that was to go down and get a win to keep their Region Championship hopes in reach. Elbert County had the same mindset so you should not have expected anything else but a barn burner. A fun fact about Elbert County is it is the home to standout Georgia Bulldogs Wideout, Mecole Hardman.
During warmups you could tell this was going to be a game for the ages. The game started out very sloppy for both teams but the intensity and effort was very evident. The Panthers could not get it rolling on Offense, but the Defense led by Chayton Schafer was picking up any slack to hold the Devils scoreless in the first quart. However, on the flip side the Blue Devils was doing the same thing so the first would end 0-0. The second quarter is when the Offense for Union would start clicking when Pierson Allison led them a on a drive ending in a 22 yard pass to Chayton Schafer. This would not go unmatched by the Blue Devils. Elbert would throw a quick pass to Metrius Fleming and he would do the rest taking it 69 yards for a touchdown, they would miss the extra point though. Kyle Morlock would extend the lead to 14-6 going into to halftime on a 22 yard touchdown reception from Allison.
The second half is when you could see that this game meant a lot to both of these teams. The 3rd quarter would be all Blue Devils. Elbert would rush for a 27 yard touch down and go for a two point conversion to tie the game back up then they would take the lead on 9 yard kick bringing the score to 21-14 in favor of Elbert going into the 4th quarter. The Panthers would march down the field and score of a 2 yard rushing touchdown by Chad Buzzard, but just like most of the night the Devils would respond with a 12 yard rushing touchdown to bring them ahead 28-21 with a little over 3 minutes left in the game. Pierson would march the Panthers down the field and hand Buzzard the ball from 1 yard out to give the Panthers a score bringing it to 27-28 with 1 minute and 30 seconds left in the game. At this point head coach, Brian Allison, had the choice to kick the extra point to tie or go for two to put the Panthers a head. With everyone of their feet and the Panthers jogging out to go for two to win the game the Blue Devils would call a time out. After the timeout they took the field to go ahead in this game and that’s exactly what happened. Union Ran a reverse to Sawyer Drake and with the help of a huge block by Pierson he would sneak in. Elbert still had time they would march down the field and with 9 seconds left would go for the deep ball, but Junior Safety, John Mancuso was not having it. John would pick the ball and help secure Unions quest for the Region Championship alive. Congrats to Brian Allison and the Union County Panthers.
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It is like deja vu, but when you put up numbers like the Junior signal caller is it is hard not to keep selecting him for Player of the week. Pierson was on fire again Friday night doing what ever he could to help prevail the Panthers to a victory, including a huge block for the Panthers on a 2-point conversion. Pierson was 28/41 for 400 passing yards and two touchdowns, but he also rushed for 70 more. Congrats to the Panthers on another huge win!
Region 7-AAA play got underway this past Friday and by the looks of it, it’s anyone’s to win.
Fannin Rebels(2-2,0-0) had the week off to get prepared for their upcoming region match-up with Banks County(3-2,0-1). Banks is coming off a loss to Franklin County(2-2,1-0) last week, 7-14. Banks was 8-14 passing for 83 yards. 36 carries for 175 yards and 8 catches for 83 yards. Franklin had no data posted.
East Hall(1-4,1-0)travelled to Lumpkin County(2-3,0-1) and made short work of the Indians, winning easily, 48-14. There were no available stats at present.
Dawson County(2-2,1-0) made a trip to defending Region 7-AAA champs, West Hall Spartans(2-3,0-1) and shut them out, 14-0. No available stats recorded
This Week’s Games Friday Oct. 2
Fannin at Banks
Dawson at East Hall
Lumpkin at Franklin
Region 7-AAA Stats as of 9/25/2015
(Some stats are not recorded by various teams)