Panthers win big at Clash of the Cats
by Crystin Faenza Sports Reporter
The Russellville Panthers and the Logan County Cougars went head to head on Friday night at Rhea Stadium for the annual Clash of the Cats football game.
The Russellville Panthers took control of the game early and ended the night with a big win of 69-0 over the Cougars.
The Cougars gained possession of the ball first, but wasn’t able to move the ball. The Panthers took possession after the punt and would score with 9:31 left in the first quarter. Demarcus Hampton would go 87 yards to score the first touchdown with the kick good by Corey Wright to put the Panthers up 7-0.
About 20 seconds later, Dequan Beard would intercept a pass by the Cougars to take the ball seven yards away to their end zone. Demarcus Hampton would run seven yards to score again for the Panthers to put them up 14-0 with nine minutes to go in the first quarter.
Beard would score the next touchdown for the Panthers with a 14 yard rush. Quarterback Barrett Croslin would complete a pass to Ta’Corian Darden for a 21 yard touchdown pass to put the Panthers up 26-0 after the first quarter.
The second half started and Lee McMurry would catch an interception to give the Panthers possession of the ball. Croslin would hand the ball off to Hampton as he went 47 yards to score for the Panthers. The Panthers would increase their lead to 32-0.
The Panther defense would score for the Panthers next with an interception by Christian Naylor. Naylor would run the ball 33 yards to put the Panthers up 39-0, and the running clock would begin.
Joshua Bigbee would rush four yards to put the Panthers up 45-0. Johnny Drumgole would also rush four yards to put the panthers up 51-0 with two minutes to go in the second quarter.
With 21 seconds to go in the second half, the Cougars would make a mistake and Darden would intercept a pass and go 45 yards for a Panther touchdown. The Panthers would lead 57-0 going into the second half.
The second half of the game would begin and the Panthers would move the ball down the field and score. MJ Jones would score for the Panthers with a 14 yard rush. The last touchdown of the game would be by Jamarius Duncan after he intercepted a pass and ran 35 yards to win the game 69-0.
The Logan County Cougars had a total of 74 offensive yards. With 79 yards passing and negative 5 yards rushing.
Joseph Olliges would lead the Cougars with 19 yards rushing with seven carries. Brennan Rostampour had -4 and Anthony Oberhausen finished with -1.Sean Wright ended the night with 47 yards passing and Brandon West finished with 32 yards passing.Devon Smith led the Cougars with 32 yards receiving. Michael Sydnor had 27 yards receiving and Mason Robertson finished with 10.
The Panthers ended the night with a total of 378 offensive yards. They had a total of 340 rushing yards and 38 yards passing.
Demarcus Hampton led the Panthers in rushing with five carries for 181 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Barrett Croslin followed with two carries for 45 yards rushing. Don West had six carries for 25 yards rushing. MJ Jones had two carries for 24 yards rushing and one touchdown. Josh Bigbee finished with three carries for 21 yards and one touchdown. Dequan Beard had two carries for 17 yards and one touchdown. Johnny Drumgole had three carries for 15 yards and one touchdown.
Croslin ended the night with 28 yards passing and one touchdown. Ta’Corian Darden led the Panthers in receiving with 35 yards and one touchdown.
“Our guys put up a great effort today. I’m so excited to be apart of this team and look forward to this season. I was concerned about how the Cougars moved the ball against Franklin last week and I knew it would be tough but our guys scored early,” said Panther head coach John Myers. “I have a lot of respect for coach Gregory and the last thing I wanted was for the score to be as uneven as it was.”
The Logan County Cougars will travel to Greenwood on Friday to face the Gators. The Russellville Panthers will head to McCracken County on Saturday to face the Todd County Rebels.
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