Panthers score third shutout with Red Level rout

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Georgiana Panthers finished without a blemish on their area record as the team shut out the Red Level Tigers on the road 50-0.

Though the Panthers are known for their patented smash-mouth, run-oriented offense, head football coach Ezell Powell said that the Panthers got it done largely through the air.

“We just took what they gave us,” Powell said.

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“They stacked the box really heavily to try to stop the run, and they opened it up in the secondary.  There were a couple of opportunities that we saw, and some things that we knew we could take advantage of.”

Sophomore quarterback JaMichael Stallworth had a landmark evening, going 13 for 16 passing for 261 yards and five touchdowns.

“We liked out matchups outside, and we just threw the ball around,” Powell said. “He did a great job of delivering the ball to the receivers, and they did a great job of catching it.”

Geron Feagin reeled in three catches for 73 yards, Demarcus Rich finished with three catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns and Jacquez Payton caught three catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.

The receivers were three of six targets that Stallworth hit for a completion.

The success in the air translated to success on the ground, as Payton earned another 94 rushing yards (and 140 kickoff return yards and a touchdown) to seal the deal for the Panthers.

Though he isn’t one to look ahead too far, Powell said that he’s pleased with the position the Panthers are in at this point in the season.

“We’re excited about where we sit right now and our opportunity to make the postseason, and we’re sort of optimistic about our chances of trying to make a run,” Powell said. “We think we can line up and compete with anybody; just give us the chance to compete, play and see what happens.”

A win against next week’s opponent, the Highland Home Flying Squadron, would secure a 9-1 regular season—a feat older than the entire current Panthers roster.

“It’s something that these kids need to experience, and it’s one of those things that will help us moving forward,” Powell said.

“The expectations would be established with what we’re doing right now, and we don’t want to let off year-in and year-out—we want to get to the point where we’re a consistent, competitive team each year, and these young guys know that that’s our expectation.”

The Panthers will meet the Squadron in Highland Home Friday at 7 p.m.