Panthers invade Crystal Springs

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 28, 2000

Crystal Springs could be called a mystery team.

Crystal Springs could be called a mystery team. There areneither heights nor weights on the team roster. Also missing arethe names of coaches, cheerleaders and school administrators.

The Brookhaven Panthers will get to know their opponent betterFriday night when they visit the Crystal Springs Tigers for aDivision 6-4A contest. Kickoff is 7:30.

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Despite repeated attempts earlier this week, Brookhaven headcoach Greg Wall was unable to obtain a roster until Wednesdaymorning. Wall said he had a game film and limited information ontomorrow night’s opponent.

Crystal Springs has fashioned a 2-3 record this season. TheTigers beat Wesson 6-3 in their season opener. The Tigers lost toJefferson County 38-22 in the second game of the season. PortGibson beat the Tigers 20-8 the next week and they lost to Raymondthe next. They beat Hinds AHS 53-26 last week.

The Tigers are under the direction of second-year head coachWill Blair. He did not return telephone calls to the CrystalSprings office this week. Brookhaven native Reggie Lea is in hisfirst season as offensive backfield coach at Crystal Springs.

Wall shared his scouting report on Crystal Springs.

At quarterback, wearing jersey No. 7, is senior Jason Osborne.”He has adequate speed and he throws the ball well,” said Wall.

Osborne’s No. 1 receiver is Antoreo Kendricks. “He has goodspeed,” said Wall. “We need to know where he’s at on the field allof the time.”

Wall remembers senior tailback Lonnie Roberson from the 1999contest. “He hurt us the most last year. He has good moves andpretty good size.

At fullback Chauncey Jenkins starts for the Tigers.

“The biggest problem they have is like us,” said Wall. “Theydon’t have the depth.” There are 30 players on the Crystal Springsroster.

“We have had our troubles with them the last couple of years,”Wall pointed out. “Hopefully, we can wear them down.”

On defense, Wall said the Tigers have speed and talent. “Theirsecondary has some good skill people.”

Brookhaven came out of the Humphreys Count game in pretty goodshape. However, a freak accident Sunday has sidelined sophomoreplacekicker Ben Giust indefinitely. Giust injured a knee Sunday,playing a pickup soccer game.

Inheriting the placekicking duties for Brookhaven will be JustinWindham and Seth Flynn. Windom and Maurice Parker are working aspunters.

Offensively, the Panthers played well against Humphreys County.They roared to a 21-0, first-quarter lead and were up 28-zip in thesecond quarter.

Tailback Cornelius Allen led Brookhaven with 26 rushes for 156yards and 1 TD. Josh Anderson rushed for 42 yards and 1 TD.Quarterback Fred Perkins scored 2 TDs on short runs as the Pantherscapitalized on 6 Humphreys County turnovers on a muddy field.

Defensively, cornerback Thomas Barlow led the Panthers with 11tackles, including 6 solo stops; earning The DailyLeader’s Defensive Player of the Week award. Linebacker RonMackabee had 8 tackles. Zachary Jones intercepted a pass.

Panther Paws: Last year Brookhaven beat Crystal Springs45-8 on King Field. The Panthers were 45-0 victors in1998.