The French Camp Panthers traveled to Durant last Friday night to play their final regional and regular season game and prevailed over the young Tigers 42-8. French Camp is now 8-2 overall with a perfect 7-0 regional record while Durant is 3-6 overall with a 2-4 regional record.
The Panthers started the scoring early when quarterback Jesse Hosket ran one in from 10 yards out, Sam Gould kick good, to take a 7-0 lead.
Shortly thereafter, quarterback Jesse Hosket found Hagan Box from 41 yards out, Gould kick, to take a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.
Daniel Hughes quickly found pay dirt in the second quarter when he scored from a yard out, Gould kick, to take a commanding 21-0 lead.
Before the half would come to an end Panther running back Jaylon Clemons darted in from 10 yards out, Gould kick, to give French Camp a 28-0 lead going into the half.
The scoring would slow down for the Panthers in the second half, but Clemons found the end zone once again in the third quarter from one yard out to give the Panthers a 35-0 lead to start the fourth.
The Tigers were able to prevent the shutout with a score of their own in the fourth quarter, two-point conversion good, but they still trailed the Panthers 35-8.
The Panthers scored once again on a 14-yard punt return for a touchdown from Lavondra Carter, Gould kick, to push the final score to 42-7.
Offensively the Panthers were led by quarterback Jesse Hosket who completed three of nine pass attempts for 64 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 50 yards on just five carries and a touchdown.
Jaylon Clemons carried the ball 11 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns while Luke McKnight had two carries for 21 yards.
Hagan Box led all receivers with 41 yards on one reception and a touchdown while Lavondra Carter caught two balls for 23 yards.
Defensively the Panthers were led by Daniel Hughes who had eight tackles, Ben Hosket with seven tackles and a quarterback sack and Javante McAdory with five tackles.
McKnight and Andrew Stevens each added one sack each as well.
"It was cold, wet and sloppy Friday night, but we played hard and jumped on them early," said Panther head coach Nathan Wright. "In the beginning we looked pretty sharp, but with the sloppy conditions we made a few miscues offensively and missed some blocks, but overall we played really hard. Durant played hard all night, but it was just one of those games that you have to get through to get ready for the playoffs."
The Panthers have an open date this Friday night before beginning the playoffs next week at home, and the Tigers will finish out the 2012 campaign this Friday night when they travel to Ray Brooks for a 7 p.m. contest.
Panthers begin first round of playoffs Nov. 9
Whippets fall to Patriots
The Kosciusko Whippets were fresh off an emotional quarterfinal series victory over Tishomingo County when the Lewisburg Patriots came to town on Thursday night.
Spring drills end for area high schools
The Ethel Tigers finished up spring football during the second week of May and coach Paul Dees said his team accomplished a lot in the days that they had to work together. The Kosciusko Whippets finished spring training with a victory over Northeast Lauderdale 16-14 last Friday night and head coach Tyler Peterson was pleased with the progression that the Whippets are making
Myer wins state, Hill finishes third
The third time is the charm for Mitchell Myer at the 4A MHSAA State Track Meet. In 2011 Mitchell finished fourth with 11-00.00 and in 2012 he finished sixth with a leap of 11-00.00. On Monday, May 13, Mitchell vaulted 12-06.00 to capture his fifth victory to stay undefeated for the year.
To the wire, Kosy defeats Braves
The Kosciusko Whippets were in good shape after Friday night’s 8-0 win over the visiting Tishomingo Braves, but a set-back in Iuka on Saturday, a 3-2 loss, put the fast dogs’ season in jeopardy.
KHS hires Greenleaf
The Kosciusko School Board met Monday night and approved the hiring of new Whippet basketball coach Eleazarus Greenleaf.
On the Porch with Dirk: How great Thou art
Here I am, the last day of turkey season and a monsoon of rain is dousing Attala County.
It is real easy to get depressed in weather like this, especially after a season like I have had.
Tigers finish season 15-13
The Ethel Tigers were fresh off a thrilling first round sweep of French Camp when they traveled to Stringer on Saturday for game one of the best-of-three series.
The Tigers would drop game one 5-3.
Game one had been pushed from Thursday to Saturday due to inclement weather, pushing game two to Monday night in Ethel, to which the Tigers fell once again, 7-2.
Kosy moves to third round
The Kosciusko Whippets had a bitter taste in their mouths from 2012’s playoff series loss to New Albany in three games.
That taste is clearly better now, and New Albany was once again the foe.
Kosy boys and girls track head to State meet
The Kosciusko boys and girls track teams participated in the North State Track meet at Pontotoc on May 4 and will be sending one boys and four girls to the Class 4A State Meet at Pearl on May 13
Martin inducted into Hall of Fame
Railford “Randy” Martin was inducted into the Holmes Community College Sports Hall of Fame on April 25.
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