Panthers hoping to overcome size with speed

Published 3:45 pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Speed kills.

At least Georgiana School is hoping that’s true.

The Panthers, who snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night with a win over Class 2A Calhoun High School, will face a Pleasant Home High School team that has a decided size advantage.

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Georgiana head coach Ezell Powell is hoping the Panthers can use their speed to even the playing field.

“We have a little bit more speed than they have, but they have a lot more size than we do,” said Powell. “It’s going to come down to who can execute their game plan the best, because I’m pretty sure they’re going to do their best to keep the ball out of our hands, run behind those big linemen that they have, and slow the game down as much as they can to keep our offense off the field.”

The Panthers (2-3, 0-3 Class 1A, Region 2) have their own tools at their disposal in a speedy backfield led by quarterback Jacquez Payton and running back Latrell Seals, two players that have continued to make plays out of even the most disastrous of situations all season.

But for Powell, the element of Georgiana’s game that has impressed him the most has often come from the younger players that have become playmakers in their own right.

“They kept their composure and stayed poised even though we were down 18-8 (against Calhoun), and to watch them overcome and fight their way back into the game, take the lead and then hold on to it for the win was a good thing to see,” Powell said. “I watched them even when I was (coaching) at McKenzie (School) when situations like that happened, and they didn’t finish the ball game well. It shows that they are maturing, learning how to win and continuing to fight.”

The Panthers and Eagles will square off at 7 p.m. at Pleasant Home.