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Panthers roll past Florence

FLORENCE – Taking care of business Friday night, the BrookhavenPanthers roared to a 28-0 first-half lead over the Florence Eaglesand settled for a 28-14 victory in a Region 6-4A contest. They wereled by junior running back Semmie Smith who rushed for 171 yardsand 2 touchdowns.

Ole Brook (6-2, 5-1), runner-up in the Region 6-4A race, hoststhe St. Stanislaus Rock-a-Chaws Friday night in the opening roundof the state playoffs. Kickoff is 7 p.m. St. Stan is the No. 4 seedout of Region 8.

Coach Tucker Peavey was happy to see his Panthers romp to a 28-0lead but he was disappointed with his team’s second-halfperformance. “We didn’t do nothing the second half. We played greatin the first half, especially on offense”

The Panthers led 28-0 with three minutes left in the firsthalf.

“We had some long runs the first half and we caught the ball,”said Peavey. “But we gave up some big pass plays.”

Peavey said the Panthers must play much better in the stateplayoffs. “St. Stanislaus can score a lot of points,” said Peavey.”They throw it a lot.”

Smith scored Brook’s first touchdown on a 4-yard plunge. Itcapped a 4-play, 34-yard drive. Senior Chris Lowman kicked hisfirst of four extra points.

Isiah White caught a 44-yard pass from Bud Britt for Brook’ssecond TD. It came on first down. Lowman’s PAT made it 14-0 with7:06 left in the first quarter.

Britt ran 25 yards for Brook’s third TD, capping a 4-play drive.Smith broke loose on a 63-yard jaunt for his second score as thePanthers needed just 3 plays to go 58 yards. The Panthers led28-zip with 6:15 remaining in the first half.

The Eagles (3-7, 1-5), coached by Dennis Thompson, scored on thelast play of the first half on a 1-yard plunge by Sam Vincent. TheTD climaxed a 15-play, 89-yard drive on Senior Night.

With 2:12 left in the third quarter, Joseph Thurman ran19 yardsfor an Eagle TD. Bradley Singleton kicked the extra point.

The Panthers intercepted Florence twice. Jeffery Newton andChris Seals accounted for the pass thefts.