Squadron soars past Panthers

Published 11:18 pm Friday, September 23, 2011

Georgiana senior Keon Binion rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries in the Panthers’ 30-18 loss to Highland Home. (Ashley Vansant / Greenville Advocate)

Highland Home flew over the Georgiana 30-18 Friday night.

After falling behind 12-0, the Panthers clawed their way back into the game with 14 seconds remaining in the first half when quarterback Ricky Evertt threw a 74-yard touchdown to senior Adrian Rich making it 12-6 at the half.

After a successful onsides kick, the Panthers added another score to knot the score at 12-all. Highland Home pulled away with two third quarter touchdowns.

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Early in the fourth quarter, Highland Home was able to score a touchdown in three plays making it 30-12.

The Panthers made a last-ditch effort with two minutes left in the fourth quarter by going for it on fourth-and-14. Evertt ran the ball gaining 16 yards and a first down. Evertt then passed the ball to Rich scoring a touchdown making the final score 30-18.

“Highland has got a good football team, and we just gave them way too many opportunities early,” head coach David Watts said. “We’re giving folks leads and we’re trying to come from behind. I have to find some answers, and I have to do a better job at getting them ready to play.”

Highland Home had 33 rushes for 224 yards and 56 passing yards making a total of 280 yards for the Flying Squadron. Highland quarterback Kase Kelly had 10 rushes for 35 yards and sophomore Lewis Johnson had 20 rushes for 191 yards.

Georgiana rushed for 220 yards on 44 carries and threw for 148. Evertt had 24 rushes for 158 yards and running back Keon Binion had 17 rushes for 76 yards.

Georgiana will take on McKenzie Thursday.