Union County junior Mason McCombs has been kicking since he first started playing football, and it showed Friday night as the Panthers hosted the Towns County Indians in Blairsville.
McCombs went 6-for-6 on point-after attempts, while kicking off for four touchbacks and catching a touchdown pass as the Panthers won, 60-7.
For his efforts, McCombs is the Union County Panthers Player of the Week.
“I’ve been kicking since I was seven or eight-years-old, but this is my first year kicking for the varsity team,”
McCombs handles all the kicking duties for the Panthers, kicking off and attempting extra points.
He also plays wide receiver, where he caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior Pierson Allison in the second quarter. After he converted the extra-point try, McCombs and the Panthers led 28-0 early in the second quarter.
The touchdown catch was the first for the varsity squad for McCombs, who said he would always remember the play.
“I loved it. That’s my first touchdown catch and it was exhilarating,” McCombs said.
As for the game, McCombs gave all the credit to his teammates for the big win.
“They did amazing. We knew what we had to do, and we did it tonight. Our coaches tell us to get 1 percent better every practice, and I think we did that all week and we proved it tonight.”
Blairsville, Ga. – From the opening kickoff until the final buzzer, the Union County Panthers were dominant Friday night against Towns County in Blairsville, winning 60-7 to earn their second victory to begin the 2019 season.
Head coach Brian Allison put it simply after the game, saying his team did a “great job doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing.”
With the visiting Indians virtually unable to make it to midfield, the Panthers spent most of the night playing offense with a short field, scoring the first nine times they touched the ball.
The Panthers (2-0) were led by senior quarterback Pierson Allison, who finished the night 5-for-7 for 90 yards and three touchdowns in the air, while accounting for 31 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Sophomore quarterback Logan Helcher also had a solid game. Helcher came in late in the first half to throw a 39-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Dalton Allen. The quarterback finished the night with a rushing and passing touchdown after the junior varsity took over the offense and defense in the second half.
“We got some good junior varsity reps,” Brian Allison said. “It’s always valuable when you can get the young guys on the field.”
Junior Jonah Daniel carried the ball just three times on the night, but had 63 yards rushing with a touchdown.
Seniors Kyle Morlock and Sawyer Drake, and junior Mason McCombs each caught touchdowns from Pierson Allison during the first half.
Seniors Zion Ross and Sloan Sutton, and junior Kaston Hemphill each added a tackle-for-loss on defense for the Panthers.
Allison said he hopes the team can build on the momentum from the win against Towns County with “a pretty big rivalry game next week.”
“Let’s role on this,” Allison said to his team after the game. “Let’s really roll on this thing now and get ready to roll next week.”
The Panthers will head south to Blue Ridge to take on Fannin County (2-0) beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 13. Union County put it on Fannin County last season, winning 49-7 in Blue Ridge. The Panthers have won five straight against the Rebels.
Blairsville, Ga. – The Union County High varsity softball team’s offense exploded Thursday night, August 29, scoring 16 runs during the first three frames and earning the three-inning, mercy-rule win over region-foe Putnam, 16-0.
Already leading 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second, the Panthers (6-6, 3-0 Region 8-AA) used great hitting to put six runs on the scoreboard in the inning and effectively put the game out of reach.
Megan Bright started the inning with a line-drive double to left field. She advanced to third base before scoring, both occurring on wild pitches.
The next batter, Caley Davis, walked and then stole second base, before Lexi Sisum drew a walk and Davis moved to third on a passed ball.
A tough single to shortstop from Miranda Lockaby scored Davis and moved Sisum to third.
Mary Wischmeyer followed with a single, also to shortstop, to drive Sisum in, move Lockaby to second, and push the score to 6-0.
Hannah Patton stepped to the plate and blew the game open with a powerful double to left field, scoring Lockaby and Wischmeyer and giving the Panthers an 8-0 lead.
Union continued to press the advantage, with Patton moving to third on a passed ball and then scoring when Trinity Queen rolled a groundball out to second base. The Panthers took a 9-0 lead and never looked back.
After another scoreless inning from the visiting Lady War Eagles in the top of the third, the Panthers scored another seven runs in the bottom of the frame to end the game by three-inning mercy rule.
Sisum and Lockaby both blasted doubles, while Patton, Queen, Krysten Hodges, Bright, and Davis each singled to put the mercy rule in reach. The offensive explosion gave the Panthers a 14-0 lead, with the game-ending runs on second and third with two outs.
On the first pitch of her second trip to the plate in the game, Aubrie Banton put a double into left field, scoring Hodges and Bright, and giving the Panthers a 16-0 lead and their third consecutive region win to start the 2019 season.
With the victory, Union County kept pace for the top spot in Region 8-AA with Banks County. The Lady Leopards (10-0, 3-0 Region 8-AA) defeated region opponent Oglethorpe County, 10-0, Thursday afternoon in Lexington to stay undefeated.
Union County next plays Lumpkin County (9-5, 5-1 Region 7-AAA), who won Thursday’s region game against Fannin County (1-12, 0-5), by a score of 12-2.
The Panthers will welcome the Lady Indians to Blairsville beginning at 5:55 p.m., Wednesday, September 4.
The game is also the annual “Pink Out” for cancer awareness with the junior varsity playing at 4 p.m.
The Union County Panthers lost twelve seniors in last year’s graduating class, but according to head coach Brian Allison, returning players are ready to step up.
“I feel good about the direction we’re headed, and we’ll just see how we perform on the field,” said Allison.
The Panthers have been busy at work this off season between regular summer workouts, passing camps and 7v7 camps.
“Our participation has been good, we’re probably hitting 82-84% of our kids on a daily basis that are in voluntary workouts…it’s been a really good summer and we’re excited about the fall,” said Allison.
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Union County Panthers vs Fannin County Rebels
October 27, 2017
Location: Blairsville, GA
Cheers echoed across the field as the Panthers 2017 Seniors marched down the field with their proud families and a plaque in hand. The players’ names and jersey numbers were called from the announcer’s booth igniting a beaming smile from the seniors as they made their way down the field for the last time.
To emphasize the special occasion, Head Coach Brian Allison chose the entire Senior class to represent the Panthers as captains; however, only 2 of them participated in the coin toss (#8 Cole Wright and #11 RJ Banton).
With the home field advantage and also receiving at kickoff, the Panthers scored first. In an unsuccessful attempt for a pass into the end zone, the Panthers were forced to score first using their kicker #36 Brian Smith. The 17-yd field goal was good and that made the score 3-0 Panthers in the first quarter.
Forced to punt due to their lack of gained yardage, the Rebels were shorty back on defense.
5 rushing plays and 1 pass passing play later the Panthers scored again! After fighting his way upfield for an impressive rush and then digging his way into the end zone on 2 additional plays, Senior #15 Cole Dockery scored off a 1-yd rush. 10-0 Panthers with 4:16 left in the first quarter.
Both teams were forced to punt on their last possessions of the first quarter.
Rebels stuck at the 44-yd line, finally put it in gear and rush upfield to the 9-yd line where they then try for a touchdown and succeed. A Rebels receiver rushes on the left hand side and flies sideways into the end zone increasing the score to 10-7 Panthers with 10:46 left in the second quarter.
A series of passing, rushing, and a 15-yd penalty later put the Panthers in scoring position once more. Senior #8 Cole Wright zig zagged his way through the pack of Rebels and found his way into the end zone being pulled by his jersey. The kick was good once more, increasing the score 17-7 Panthers with 8:28 left in the half.
Rebels unable to get passed the Panthers defense and their quarterback being tackled in the backfield, gave up possession at the 38-yd line.
Panthers passed their way upfield this time and put Senior #24 Chad Buzzard in scoring position! Buzzard rushed up the gut and into the end zone over a pack of Rebels for a touchdown! 24-7 Panthers with 1:22 left in the half.
Possession changed hands a few times before the next touchdown was scored .. then #8 Cole Wright found #4 Kanon Hemphill wide open, hit him with a beautiful spiral, and Hemphill took off upfield for a 60-yd touchdown! 31-7 Panthers with 11:50 left in the third quarter.
Rebels, unhappy with the outcome of the game, dug in and after 10 rushing plays scored once more of a 1-yd rush up the right hand side. This would be their last touchdown of the game. 31-14 Panthers with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter.
The final touchdown of the game was one made by Panthers Senior #15 Cole Dockery – his best game of the season! Dockery ran for a 62-yd touchdown up the right hand side of the field and made it untouched into the end zone with the Rebels crying after him! Ha.Ha.
Final Score: Panthers 37 Rebels 14
Next, the Panthers travel over the mountain to Lumpkin County to face the Indians. The Indians are now 1-8 overall for the season – should be an easy win! Game time is set for 7:30 PM! As always, we appreciate your support Panther fans!
The JV season is officially over; thank you for your support this season!
RUSHING – 251 yards PASSING – 236 yards
RUSHING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 19-145 (1 TD); #15 C. Dockery 11-88 (2 TDs; #24 C. Buzzard 8-18 (1 TD) Total: 251 Rushing Yards
PASSING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 17/27; 236 (1 TD) Total: 236 Passing Yards
RECEIVING — Panthers: #4 K. Hemphill 5-100 (1 TD); #21 S. Drake 4-55; #15 C. Dockery 2-28; #22 A. Pattee 3-20; #84 K. Morlock 1-19; #24 C. Buzzard 2-14
Junior quarterback, Pierson Allison, had a huge first game as signal caller against East Hall. This was Allisons first start at QB, but with his performance, you would think he was a veteran. Pierson completed 24 passes on 32 attempts for 232 yards. Please help us congratulate Mr.Allison on his first FYN player of the week. Go Panthers!
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).