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Wilson’s 4 touchdowns power Panthers over Florence

FLORENCE — One shoe on and one shoe off, running back CharlesWilson couldn’t be stopped Friday night. The Brookhaven seniorraced 94 yards for a touchdown, losing a shoe along the way as thePanthers smashed Florence’s Eagles 42-0 in a Region 6-4Acontest.

Wilson also scored touchdowns on runs of 12, 6 and 7 yards,leading Ole Brook to a 28-0 halftime lead. He finished with 185yards rushing on 12 carries.

Asked about the longest run of his career, Wilson said, “We werejust trying to get out of the hole. I saw a good block, cut backacross the field, lost my shoe and took it to the house.”

Wilson made a leaping dive across the goal line and was whistledfor a penalty. The 15-yard excessive celebration flag led to WillThibodeaux kicking a long-distance extra point, 1 of 6 PAT’s in thegame.

“I give all the credit to God, my offensive line and myfullback,” said Wilson. “The blocking was good tonight.”

Wilson picked up 6 yards on his only carry of the second half asthe Panthers marched 55 yards in 7 plays. Quarterback Charles(Bobo) Rancifer plunged the final yard and Ole Brook led 35-0.

Panther head coach Tucker Peavey replaced Wilson and Rancifer onthe next offensive series and generously substituted the rest ofthe game. Freshman Semmie Smith streaked 25 yards for a TD and BHSled 42-zip with 6:22 left in the third quarter, delighting thelarge group of fans who followed them to Rankin County.

“We didn’t start out well on offense or defense,” said Peavey.”Charles did a good job cutting back on that long touchdown run. Ithink we got to play everybody tonight.”

Florence (2-4, 0-3), dressed in red jerseys, black helmets andblack pants, started the game with an impressive drive. CoachDennis Thompson’s Eagles drove 70 yards in 14 plays to Brook’s2-yard line.

Disaster struck the Eagles when junior quarterback HunterThompson saw his pass picked off by safety R.J. Jenkins in the endzone. Keyondray Powell would intercept Thompson on the next series.Powell’s theft led to Wilson’s first-down, 12-yard TD run.

That was all the spark Brook needed, scoring 3 more touchdownsbefore halftime.

It was Brook’s second shutout win of the season. Seniordefensive lineman Virgil Sanders grinned broadly as he pulled abottle of water from the ice chest after the game. “It feels goodto get a shutout.”

The Panthers (4-2, 2-1) face the Terry Bulldogs (6-0, 2-0) in aThursday night special, kicking off the region game at 7 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to playing Terry,” said Wilson as heboarded the team bus.

Panther Paws: Two starters, linebacker GregWalker (hamstring) and wide receiver Jake Williams (ankle) missedthe Florence game due to injuries.