Panthers stomp Jaguars in shut-out, 36-0

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 8, 2001

Starting out with 9:43 in the half, the Panthers scored on a Cedric McMeans 36-yard reception from a Cornelius Bellamy pass. This was followed by a Jesse Henderson conversion, making the score 8-0 Georgiana.

Then with 1:08 in the half, the Panthers again scored when Henderson came through with a seven-yard run, to make the score 14-0.

When the clock had 13 seconds left in the half, Chad Smith brought back a 55-yard interception for a touchdown, followed by McMeans with a good kick, to make the score at halftime 22-0 Panthers.

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The Panthers came back from the lockers strong, and with 7:51 in the third quarter Latonio Johnson scored on a 36-yard run, to make the score 28-0.

Next in the fourth quarter, when the clock showed 6:37 remaining in the game, Henderson brought in a 19-yard run to score the TD, followed by his also bringing in the conversion, to make the score 36-0, where it remained for the end of the game.

Georgiana advanced the ball for a total of 326 yards, with 267 in rushing and 59 from passing. The Panthers gained 10 first downs, punted the ball three times for 92 yards, and lost two fumbles.

Cornelius Bellamy went five of nine for his passing, with no interceptions.

Barbour County, on the other hand, actually took a backward step from their total yardage with pass attempts.

The Jaguars carried the ball for 61 yards, and lost five yards in a pass attempt, for a total advance of 56 yards.

They had seven first downs, lost one of three fumbles, and lost 25 yards in four penalties.

The Jaguar quarterback went two for 16 on passing attempts, suffering three interceptions.

Leading rushing for Georgiana was Latonio Johnson with 114 yards in 10 carries, followed by Jesse Henderson with 87 yards in 11 carries.

McMeans was the leading receiver, with three of five for a 48-yard gain with one touchdown.

Georgiana, now 1-1 is 1-0 for the region, and will travel to Montgomery next week to play against the St. Jude Pirates in the Panthers' second regional game.