Generals fall to No. 2 Panthers in region finalePublished 11:23pm Friday, October 25, 2013
NEW SITE – The Horseshoe Bend Generals fell 50-7 to the No. 2 Lanett Panthers Friday in their final home outing of the season.
Jason Franklin, head football coach of Horseshoe Bend (2-7, 0-7 Class 2A-Region 5), said his team gave a lot of effort throughout Friday’s game.
“The guys kept fighting, they kept playing, and that’s all we can ask for,” Franklin said. “We didn’t make enough plays. We just have to execute better inside the red zone again, but our guys fought hard. I’m proud of the seniors. We still have one more left with them, and we’re going to fight hard and prepare next week.”
After forcing a three-and-out on the first Horseshoe Bend drive of the game, the Panthers (9-0, 7-0 Class 2A-Region 5) closed out an 88-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown run by Marlon Bridges Jr., with the Kendrick Ray extra point giving Lanett a 7-0 lead with 8:20 left in the first.
The Panthers forced another punt, and produced the same result of their first drive, as Jamarious Barrow ran 35-yards for a score that extended Lanett’s lead to 13-0 with 4:46 left in the opening quarter.
Bridges Jr. added his second score of the game after another Generals drive stalled, this time running it in from 62 yards out and making it a 19-0 game entering the second.
The Generals’ offense finally got some life in the second thanks to four Lanett penalties and an 18-yard screen pass from Horseshoe Bend quarterback Major Abernathy to running back Isac Holt to help get them to the Panthers’ 10-yard line.
But a fumble on the exchange from Abernathy to Holt ended the threat with 8:53 left in the second.
Bridges Jr. added his third score on the half with a 68-yard run that pushed the lead to 26-0 with 6:19 left in the second.
The Generals got another spark when defensive tackle Lemuel Millien stripped Lanett quarterback Clifford Story III to set Horseshoe Bend up at the Panthers’ 45-yard line.
One play later, Abernathy hit Antwan Hardnett on a receiver screen that went for 31 yards.
The Generals got to the Lanett 9-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.
The Panthers closed the first half with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick Ray to Orendaz Holloway as time expired to make it 32-0 going into the half.
Horseshoe Bend’s lone score came in the third quarter after a long return by Hunter White and a horse collar penalty by the Panthers put the Generals at the Lanett 18-yard line, and Holt ran for 19-yards total on the drive, capping it off with a 1-yard score, as Mathan Colley added the extra point.
Horseshoe Bend will close the season Friday on the road at Central High School of Coosa County starting at 7 p.m.