Panthers, now 4-2, get ready for Jeff Davis

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Staff Report

Neither rain from the sky nor yellow rain produced by penalties called by officials dampened Smiths Station’s Homecoming victory over Stanhope Elmore last Friday evening at Panther Stadium.

Despite those flags, which numbered 15, did not prevent the Panthers from taking a 14-9 win against the Mustangs.

With the victory, Smiths Station moves to 4-2 for the season overall. The Panthers are 1-2 in Class 7A Region 2. They take on Jeff Davis this week. The Volunteers are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in region play. Jeff Davis won its first game this past week, 26-21 over Sidney Lanier. The game is at Panther Stadium tomorrow night with an 8 p.m. ET kickoff.

“I love my kids. I’m proud of them for winning tonight. They had to bow their necks late to win and did,” Smiths Station coach Mike Glisson said after the win over Stanhope Elmore.

The Panthers and Mustangs played a first half where defense and penalties ruled the first 24 minutes of play in the contest. At the halfway point, the two squads were tied at 7-7.

The Panthers scored first when L.C. Harris ran in from two yards out for a touchdown with 1:40 left in the first quarter. Taylor Walker’s extra-point kick made the score 7-0.

The lead lasted until nearly the same exact point of the second quarter when Stanhope Elmore was able to put its first points on the scoreboard. With 1:48 left in the half, Travarasia Duncan scored on a nine-yard run. Dylan Presciti kicked the extra point to tie the game as the two teams headed for the halftime break.

The third quarter was scoreless.

In the fourth quarter, Smiths Station upped its point total to 14 when Davaryl Moffett scored on an eight-yard run with 6:23 showing on the game clock. Walker’s kick made the score 14-7.

Stanhope Elmore did not go down easily from that point. The Mustangs attempted to mount an 82-yard drive to tie the game. But when the Mustangs drove near the Panthers’ goal line, the Smiths Station defense stood tall. The Panthers defenders held on three tries to run into the end zone by the Mustangs and forced Stanhope Elmore to face a fourth-and-gaol from its9-yard line.

On fourth down, a pass into the end zone was slapped away to end the threat. Smiths Station gave up a safety late – with 10 seconds to go – to secure the victory.

“The defense bowed its neck and said we’re going to win the football game tonight,” Glisson said.