Kory Gainwell racks up 309 yards to lead Yazoo County to victory

Kory Gainwell’s incredible 309-yard rushing game carried the Yazoo County Panthers to a 38-14 win over Humphreys County.

The win was their second straight victory in as many tries since their bye week, giving them a 3-3 overall record.

Yazoo County head football coach Robert Dobbs was thrilled to see his running back finally adapt and become the player he knew he could be.

“Kory has found his way offensively,” Dobbs said. “Early on he wasn’t patient enough. He was trying to make things happen too quickly. He was trying to do everything himself. Now, he’s following blocks better. When he gets through the hole, it’s hard for the defense to see him. By the time they realize he’s there, he’s already run past them.”

But that’s not to say Gainwell did it all alone.

Dobbs was quick to point out the stellar play of the offensive line in the victory.

“It was the play of the offensive line,” Dobbs said. “We finally played as a unit. We have had people miss assignments and make mistakes in previous games. I was real proud of those guys for making holes like they did. They came together as a unit.”

The Panthers are finally clicking on offense and defense.

According to Dobbs, one of the biggest reasons for the new look is the strenuous practices they had during the bye week.

“We took advantage of the bye week,” Dobbs said. “Traditionally, you want to take some time off in bye weeks to get some rest, but we practiced every day during the bye week to get ready for district play. That served us well.”

Gainwell went 309 yards on only 18 carries, good for 17.2 yards per carry, and scored two touchdowns.

Cameron Shaffer went 5-for-7 through the air for 36 yards with one touchdown. He also rushed 10 times for 30 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Cormon Rucker caught four passes for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Kenderian Dixon led the Panthers with eight total tackles in the victory.

Dyevionte Brown had seven total tackles, two of which were for loss, and a forced fumble against Humphreys.

Tredarius Carr had six total tackles, two of which were for loss, while DQ Anderson and Tyler Lambert each had five total tackles.

Laraveon Edwards had three total tackles and an interception.

The Panthers will try to make it three straight on Friday night when they travel to face Ruleville Central.

The Tigers are also 3-3 on the year after defeating J.Z. George 29-14 on Friday night.

Dobbs feels that Ruleville Central is much better this season than they were a year ago, and they pose quite the threat for the Panthers.

“They’re a much-improved team on film,” Dobbs said. “They like to throw the ball around a lot. They’re a 60/40 team in terms of passing and running the ball. Their quarterback is a dual-threat. They plan man on you and force you to throw the ball. They’ll load up the box and make sure you can’t just run it. It should be a good game.”

Kickoff at Ruleville Central is set for 7 p.m.