Panthers lose fifth in a row on the road

The Smiths Station Panthers received their fifth straight loss this past Thursday against Jeff Davis at The Cramton Bowl in Montgomery 31-14.

The Panther offense could not keep the positive yardage they were gaining due to the numerous penalties they were committing. The Panther offense finished the day with seven penalties spread out over eleven offensive drives. 

On the first two offensive possessions of the game the Panthers were moving the ball, the first possession had 10 plays for 55-yards that resulted in a fumble inside the redzone and the second possession had nine plays for 28 yards, resulting in a punt.

The Panthers finally found the endzone in the third quarter. Senior running back Jara Nelms had two carries for 25-yards to setup a touchdown by senior running back LC Harris, who scored a 3-yard rushing touchdown that capped off a six play, 62-yard drive. The drive started on Smiths Station own 38-yard line. 

The next Panther touchdown would come towards the end of the fourth quarter from a botched Jeff Davis punt on a 1-yard rushing touchdown from senior quarterback Corey Minton that capped a four-play, 32-yard drive. 

The Smiths Station offense finished the day with 302 total yards, 170 rushing and 132 passing.

The Panther defense allowed the Jeff Davis offense four touchdowns and a field goal on 400 total yards. 

During the third quarter, the Panther offense just committed a turnover and two seconds later on the first play of the Jeff Davis drive junior linebacker Tim Morgan made an interception deep inside the Panther’s side of the field. 

“I didn’t think we played as well as we have played most of the year” Said head coach Mike Glisson. “Jeff Davis is a good football team and they are healthy and we’re not, so it’s a struggle right now”.

The Panthers return home to Panther Stadium from a two-week road trip to take on the Auburn Tigers. The Tigers come into this game with a 4-2 record and ranked third in the region 7A standings. The Panthers come in with a 2-5 record and ranked seventh in the region 7A standings. Smiths Station lost last year’s meeting 34-0. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.