The Panthers faced off against the Gilmer County Bobcats in a non-conference matchup. The Panthers entered the contest with a 1-1 record.
Davis took the mound for the Panthers for the second time this season. Davis pitched well as he allowed one earned run during 4 innings of work.
Davis got info some trouble to start the game allowing a hit and a walk as the Bobcats pounced onto an early lead 1-0.
Banton stepped in to relive Davis after 4 innings of work. Davis finished with 1 K and 2 BB’s over the course of 4 innings. Davis allowed one earned run.
Can Colwell helped the Panthers grab a lead in the bottom of the 4th with a 2-out, 2-run, single.
The Panthers got into some trouble early in the 6th inning after an error at 3rd base let the Bobcats gain some momentum as they went on to score 3 runs. The Panthers trailed 4-2.
After allowing 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, Banton returned to pitch in the 7th. Banton struck out a batter to start the 7th and finished with 2 groundouts.
Trialing by 2 the Panthers looked to regain the lead and a win. Allison and Ruff walked. Banton got on base with a single. Junior Kelley hit a 2-out, bases clearing, double in walkoff fashion to win the game.
The Panthers were led by, Ruff with 3 HBP BB’s 1RBI and Can. Colwell 1-3 with 2 RBI’s.
The Panthers improve to 2-1. The Panthers will host the Rabun County Wildcats Monday, Feb. 26th in a non-conference matchup.
The Panthers faced off against the Commerce Tigers in a double header. This would be the Panthers first test of the season. Commerce is considered one of the better teams in the 1A-Private region.
The first pitch was at 4:05. Baggett was UC’s first baserunner of the season and Dyer was the first base hit of the year.
Ruff was the first to pitch for the Panthers in a game that would dig into the bullpen. Ruff pitched 2 innings. Ruff struck 2 batters out, walked 1, allowed 4 hits, Ruff was allotted for 3 earned runs.
Rich took over in inning 3 as the Panthers trailed 3-0. Rich pitched 2 shut out innings as Baggett tied the game up in top of the 4th with a 3 run 2 our single.
Rich got into some trouble early in the 5th as 3 hits and 2 walks as he gave up 3 earned runs. Rich finished with 4 K’s, 4 BB’s, and 3 ER.
Banton stepped in to finish the inning as the Panthers trailed 3-7 at the end of the 5th.
The Panthers put the comeback in force as they scored 2 runs in the 6th which was started by a Baggettt walk.
Colwell stepped in to pitch the 6th as he allowed 2 runs Colwell allowed 4 hits with 1 K.
Baggett finished 2-2 with 4 RBI’s and 2 BB’s and 2 steals.
Harkins started the second game of the evening as he pitched 2 innings.
Baggett was the first run of the second game as he scored off of a walk, a stolen base, and an error.
The Panthers used a huge second inning to separate from the Tigers as Schafer hit his first home run of his career. The Panthers led 6-2 after the 2nd.
J. Colwell took over in the top of the 3rd as he gathered 4 K’s over the course of 4 innings. Colwell allowed 3 runs and walked 4.
Davis stepped in to close the game as he finished with 2 K’s and 1 BB.
Schafer led the Panthers going 2-2 with a homerun and a INF single. Dyer followed with going 2-3 with 2 RBI’s.
The Panthers improved to 1-1 as they split the series. The Panthers next game will be against Rabun county in a non-region matchup Tues. Feb 20th. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00.
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.
Union County Panthers vs Hayesville Yellow Jackets
September 1, 2017
Location: Hayesville, NC
Friday night’s local matchup between the 3A Union County Panthers and the 1A Hayesville Yellow Jackets was an interesting one to say the least. Hayesville High School, is just 15 miles across the GA/NC border from Blairsville, GA where the Panthers reside.
The Union County Panthers are ranked 11th in their 7-AAA Region and 144th in the State of Georgia. Hayesville on the other hand, are ranked 41st in their 1-A SMC Region and 341th in the State of North Carolina according to MaxPreps.com.
With a combination of rainy weather and negative expectations from the Jackets side, the fan base for the game was rather small. However, that didn’t keep the Panthers from putting on a show!
The Panthers built a quick 28-0 lead during the first quarter against the Yellow Jackets. Within the first four minutes of play the Panthers had scored 2 touchdowns; an 18-yard pass to #4 Kanon Hemphill and following that, a 2-yard rush by #24 Chad Buzzard.
The Panthers went on to score two more touchdowns in the first quarter; a 5-yard run by #8 Cole Wright and a 7-yard pass to #18 Logan Dyer!
The Jackets rushed for their first, first-and-ten at the Panther 30-yard line for the last play in the first quarter just as the buzzer sounded. With three failed chances to score at the beginning of the second quarter, the Jackets were forced to turn over the ball at the their own 23-yard line.
The Panthers dominated and reeled off the next 32 points for a 60-7 road win; the second of the season!
The game featured Panther Senior quarterback #8 Cole Wright. Wright was 7 of 15 passing for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns; and 6 carries for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wright was replaced with Sophomore #17 Pierson Allison at the half.
Union held Hayesville to a total of 182 yards for the entire game; they went 11 for 18 passing with 58 yards and rushed 124 yards on 38 carries with 1 touchdown.
The remaining touchdowns were a combination of passes to #22 Austin Pattee, #84 Kyle Morlock, #16 Nathaniel Underwood. They combined for 48 of Union’s 155 passing yards.
Sophomore quarterback #17 Pierson Allison went 4 for 4 passing for 54 yards and rushed 10 yards on 1 carry. Kicker #36 Brian Smith went 6 for 6 on extra points.
Pressbox discussion consisted of brutal remarks regarding the Panther’s intentions of playing the small 1A school. Later on, volunteers were saying that the Jacket’s former head football coach had signed a contract stating that they would play the Panther’s for another 3 years.
RUSHING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 6-97 (2 TD); #24 C. Buzzard 11-76 (1 TD); #15 C. Dockery 5-27; #3 K. Hemphill 1-23; #17 P. Allison 1-10; #6 S. Sutton 3-9; #25 P. Ivester 2-4. Total: 246 Rushing Yards
PASSING — Panthers: #8 C. Wright 7/15, 72; #17 P. Allison 4/4, 54; #3 K. Hemphill 1/2, 29. Total: 155 Passing Yards
RECEIVING — Panthers: #20 C. Rich 2-35; #84 K. Morlock 3-29 (1 TD); #16 N. Underwood 1-29 (1 TD); #4 K. Hemphill 3-26 (1 TD); #22 A. Pattee 1-20; #21 S. Drake 1-9; #18 L. Dyer 1-7 (1 TD).
With another win under their belt, the Panthers look forward to hosting the Andrews Wildcats (NC) for another non-conference game on September 8, 2017 at 7:30PM. The Wildcats are in the same conference as the Yellow Jackets; however, the word on the street is that this year they are expected to be good.
Also, support the Panthers JV team this Thursday, September 7, 2017 as they face the Fannin County Rebels on the road at 5:30PM for the 1st game of the season!!
Union County Panthers vs Gilmer County Bobcats
August 25, 2017
Location: Ellijay, GA
PANTHER FOOTBALL IS BACK! Yes, you read that correctly! They kicked off their season opener last night on the road against the Gilmer County Bobcats. The Panthers ‘Let Purple Reign,’ a motto the boys have been using to fuel their hunger for success, all over the Bobcats last night! With a 56-14 victory, the Panthers are off to a great start!
The Panthers struck first, scoring on a 5 yd run by Senior QB Cole Wright (#8) with 10:15 left in the first quarter. The extra point was good thanks to kicker Brian Smith (#36) who put it high through the posts. 7-0 Panthers!
With possession now in the hands of the Bobcats, they struggled to advance upfield. With three carries and an advantage of zero yardage gains, they were forced to punt from the end zone.
Panthers received the ball at the 40 yard line and with a series of 1st & 10s were quickly able to drive up field for another touchdown! On the carry this time for the Panthers with a 5 yd rush was Junior Chad Buzzard (#24). Brian Smith (#36) put up another clean kick for a 14-0 lead over the Bobcats with 6:07 remaining in the first.
Kickoff to the Bobcats appeared messy as the ball bounced around in the backfield. 2 & 9 for the Bobcats resulted in a fumble with a UC recovery.
1st and Goal for the Panthers, a quick snap to Wright (#8), a short toss to Cole Dockery (#15) and his run up the middle results in another Touchdown for the Panthers! Brian Smith (#36) with another consistent kick makes it 21-0 Panthers with 5:15 left in the first!
Pictured: Cole Dockery (#15)
Bobcats still unable to advance against the Panthers thru their downs are forced to punt from the 20 yd line. Panthers regain control at the 40.
A quick snap to Wright (#8) and he is off down the left side! Unstoppable, Wright rushes for a 63 YARD TOUCHDOWN! Smith with the kick & it is good! 28-0 Panthers!
Pictured: Cole Wright (#8)
Unable to score within the last two minutes, the Panthers recover control of the ball and press on into the 2nd quarter.
Within 41 seconds of play, the Panthers score again! A 6 yd pass from Wright (#8) to Junior Kanon Hemphill (#4) and a good kick from Brian Smith (#36) increases the score to 35-0!
Smith (#36) attempted a 37-yard field goal but missed to the left as the 2nd quarter ended.
Cole Wright (#8) was replaced in the 3rd with Sophomore Pierson Allison (#17). Wright finished with 68 rushing yards & 229 passing yards for 4 TDs. Allison recovered a fumble to regain Panther ball control in the 3rd. Allison found Austin Pattee (#22) open in the end zone and threw a 7 yd pass for another Panthers TD! 42-0 Panthers with 6:49 left in the third.
The Bobcats didn’t respond well to that and in retaliation scored on a 87 yard rush making it 42-6 Panthers. Bobcats 2-point conversion was no good.
Panthers Buzzard (#24) scored again on an 11 yd rush at the end of the 3rd quarter. Smith (#36) kicks between the posts again making it 49-6 Panthers!
The final touchdown for the Panthers was a 12 ydpass from Allison (#17) to Junior Chayton Schafer (#2). The kick was good making it 56-6 Panthers!
The Bobcats were able to put up some late points against the Panthers, making the final score 56-14.
Some Player Stats:
Chad Buzzard (#24): 111 Rushing Yds & 2 TDs
Logan Dyer (#18): 82 Rec. Yds & 4 Receptions
Sawyer Drake (#21): 55 Rec. Yds & 4 Receptions
Austin Pattee (#22): 36 Rec. Yds, 1 TD & 4 Receptions
Support your Panthers!!
JV: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 5:30PM vs Gilmer (Home)
Varsity: Friday, September 1, 2017 @ 7:30PM vs Hayesville (Away)