Panthers down Wildcats

Published 11:42 pm Friday, September 2, 2011

The Florala Wildcats lost to Georgiana 42-20 in a penalty-ridden game Friday night.

Flags peppered the field with penalties ranging  from personal fouls to off-sides to roughing the passer; still Florala coach Justin Jones said he didn¹t think they impacted the game.

“There were a lot of flags thrown,” Jones said. “I’ve said that the best defense is a offense on the field. We didn’t have that tonight. Some of our problem was (Georgiana’s) big plays. I tell my boys we’re going to continue to do what we do, work hard and be back stronger (next) Friday night.”

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The Wildcats started out strong, putting the first points on the board with 7:07 left in the first quarter with a pass from Austin McNeill to John Bess.

The Wildcats capped the touchdown with a two-point conversion, bringing the score to 8-0.

The Panthers came back with 8:56 in the second quarter, scoring on an 80-yard run. With a two-point conversion, they tied the game 8-8. Less than six minutes later, Florala’s Hunter Oswald scored with 2:04 left in the half, but the point after attempt was no good.

It was more back and forth between teams as Georgiana scored on a 50-yard run with 41 seconds left in the half, bringing the score to 15-14.

The Panthers came back from the half strong, scoring a 90-yard touchdown run just 17 seconds into the third. The PAT was good, and Georgiana was up 21-14.

It wasn’t long before the Panthers were in scoring distance again, with Georgiana again running for another touchdown. The Panthers’ two-point conversion attempt was no good, thanks to a block by Florala’s Colt Jackson, bringing the score 27-14.

The Wildcats were unable to come back and defeat the Panthers, scoring only once in the second half of the game, with 4:20 left in the third.

Georgiana scored again, capping the touchdown with a two-point conversion with 8:16 left in the fourth and again with 1:26 left to go in the game.