Humphreys County no match for Panthers

By TAYLOR HAWKINS,

The Panthers of Yazoo County kept their dominant ways going strong on Friday night when they blew through Humphreys County 34-8.

The win put Yazoo County’s record at 5-1 heading into district.

But the despite the seemingly dominant win, Yazoo County head coach Robert Dobbs was not thrilled with how his team played, especially after the gained an early lead.

“We got up two scores, and we played down to their level,” Dobbs said. “We didn't execute our plays to our full potential during the course of the game.”

Kory Gainwell kicked off the scoring barrage in the first quarter with a 58-yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good, making it a 6-0 game.

A few moments later, Kobe Fisher connected with Corey Rucker on a 25-yard TD pass. Again, however, the PAT was no good, bringing the score to 12-0 by the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Gainwell struck again, this time from 6 yards out. Fisher followed that up with a successful 2-point conversion attempt to push their lead to 20-0 at the half.

Defensively, the Cowboys stepped up in the second half, limiting the opportunities for the Panthers in the third quarter, but the Panthers did the game.

After a scoreless third quarter, the score was 20-0 heading into the fourth.

Gainwell struck for a third time early in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run before a 2-point conversion made it a 28-0 game.

Not to be outdone, Jamarion Stewart scampered for 26 yards to push the Panthers’ lead to 34-0 a few moments later.

The Cowboys finally broke the shutout late in the fourth quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run and even converted a 2-point conversion, but the moral victory was the only one they would win that night.

The Panthers took the game 34-8.

Yazoo County’s defense held the Cowboys to 88 yards on 40 plays.

Gainwell was a monster in the victory, rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries (13.4 yards per carry). He also chipped in a 2-point conversion and a tackle.

Kobe Fisher went 7-for-13 for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

Jamarion Stewart rounded out the top rushers in the game with 48 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Corey Rucker caught four passes for 52 yards and a score.

Malik Banks two catches for 24 yards, while also contributing two tackles, one of which was for a loss, to the defensive effort.

Alphonso Ray led the Panthers defensively with seven total tackles, three of which were from losses.

Marlon Brown had six total tackles, one of which was for a loss, while William Noel had five total tackles.

Alzavian Shelton had four total tackles, one of which was for a loss, a sack, and a forced fumble.

One player that Dobbs wanted to point out specifically was senior offensive lineman Jerrick Pickens, who was dominant in the victory.

“He played well, and his effort is good,” Dobbs said. “He is a guy that loves to trap and pull with physicality and the aggression we've been looking for all season. He had several pancakes. It was his best performance this season, in my opinion.”

Now, the Panthers move on to the heart of their schedule, district play, where the record revert back to 0-0.

Dobbs realizes that none of the wins they have accumulated matter anymore.

The real season begins now.

“Everything we have done to this point doesn't matter because district starts this week,” Dobbs said. “How the team performs during district play is what really matters. We’ve got to polish up on the mental mistakes and be more consistent weekly in order to be successful in district play.”

First up in district for the Panthers is Velma Jackson.

The Falcons and former Panthers coach Bernard Euell are 2-3 on the season after defeating St. Joseph 41-16 on Friday night.

Kickoff at Yazoo County is set for 7 p.m.