Bulldogs blast Panthers

Published 10:25 pm Friday, October 19, 2012

Georgiana School freshman quarterback Jacquez Payton follows the block of senior running back Carlo Mitchell during the Panthers’ 33-12 loss to Kinston High School Friday night at Georgiana’s Harmon Field. Payton finished with 210 yards rushing in the loss. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Georgiana School knew exactly what Kinston High School wanted to do with the football.

It was just a matter of stopping it.

“They line up foot to foot and run right at you,” Georgiana head coach David Watts said.

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On Friday night, that’s exactly what the Bulldogs did, and the Panthers weren’t able to stop it. Kinston scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to notch a 33-12 win at Harmon Field and spoil the Panthers’ homecoming in the process.

Kinston (4-4, 4-2 Class 1A, Region 2) took scored on runs of 50, 72, 95, 2 and 35 yards en route to its third consecutive win.

While Kinston was able to pull away late, the Panthers had a chance to tie the game near the end of the third quarter.

With Kinston driving, the Panther defense forced a fourth-and-short. The Georgiana defense stiffened and it appeared the Panthers stopped the Bulldogs short of the first down, which would have given Georgiana the ball trailing 19-12 with 1:50 to play. After a measurement the Panthers prepared to send their offense onto the field only to have the officials signal a first down for Kinston.

The Bulldogs would take advanatage of the break scoring a touchown to cap the drive and adding another near the end of the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Georgiana’s two touchdowns came on runs from freshman quarterback Jacquez Payton. The 5-10, 150-pound signal caller scored on runs of 69 yards and 1 yard. He finished with 210 yards rushing on 31 attempts.

The Panthers (1-7, 1-5 Class 1A, Region 2) finished with 274 rushing yards.

Georgiana will be back in action next Friday when it travels to Florala.