Panthers show power in victory over Terry

Published 6:00 pm Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Ole Brook Panthers finally got their chance to knock downsome players in different uniforms Friday night and they enjoyedthe experience in a sweat-soaked jamboree on King Field. As aspitting rain forced many fans to spread their umbrellas, thePanthers knocked off Terry’s Bulldogs 21-7, sparked by the2-touchdown performance of senior quarterback Duwone Harris.

Harris faked a handoff to Travorius Showers, broke to the outsideand sprinted 38 yards to paydirt. He later hit tight end PhillipHamilton with a 3-yard touchdown toss near the end of the firstquarter.

Senior placekicker Dewey Stailey was perfect on all three extrapoint kicks in the two-quarters of full-speed action. In the secondquarter, with 7:53 left to play, BHS sophomore Justin Blue ran hisright end for 16 yards and a TD.

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The BHS ground attack accounted for 23 rushes and 167 yards on anight when no score was posted on the jumbo scoreboard. SeniorTyron Wilson led the way with 7 carries for 63 yards. Harriscarried 3 times for 34 yards. Reserve quarterback Devonte Stewartrushed twice for 32 yards. Showers had 5 rushes for 30 yards. Bluepicked up 25 yards on 2 carries.

Harris completed 2 of 5 passes for 29 yards. Trent Powell caught 1pass for 26 yards.

BHS head coach Tucker Peavey was soaked with sweat and rainmoisture as he sat behind his desk in the field house after thegame. He said he was pleased with his team’s performance, theearliest football action in history on King Field.

“We did some good things out there,” said Peavey. “We played hardand we had some intensity. That was good.”

Peavey said he was pleased with the offensive line, which providedholes for the backs. “Showers had some seams to run in and our lineblocked well.”

Peavey watched his defensive unit limit Terry to 94 yards totaloffense. The Bulldogs managed 58 yards rushing on 14 carries andquarterback Devan Holt completed 3 of 11 passes for 36 yards, allof them going to wide receiver Josten Day.

“Our defense played well,” said Peavey. “Now we have to improvebefore playing our season opener,” Aug. 27, at Franklin County inMeadville.

Terry, promoted to Class 6A when the Mississippi High SchoolActivities Association added another classification last year. TheBulldogs will play a Classic game Friday, hosting the KosciuskoWhippets.

Paul Anderson, Terry’s second-year head coach, said he wasimpressed by the Panthers. “Tucker has a good team.”

Anderson said he has 80 players on his varsity and the future looksbright. “We have some good athletes coming up.”

His junior varsity squad ran over, around and thorough Brook’s JVin a preliminary bout, scoring several touchdowns.

“I’m proud we came down here for this jamboree,” said Anderson. “Wehave a lot of things to work on before Friday. The jamboree helpedus work on stuff.”

Anderson said his team must work together to achieve success.”There are no names on the backs of our jerseys. The name on thefront (Bulldogs) is the one that counts.”