Panthers dominate Battle of Yazoo 46-8By JASON PATTERSON,
This year’s Battle of Yazoo was expected to be a competitive matchup between equally matched teams, but Yazoo County had other plans.
The Panthers pulled off one of the biggest wins in the history of the local rivalry matchup with a 46-8 victory.
Yazoo County took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Kory Gainwell scored first for a 6-0 lead with 9:36 to go in the first quarter.
Yazoo City’s Christopher Burnett grabbed an interception on County’s next drive to bring the Indians offense back on the field, but the Panthers defense would give no ground.
Corey Rucker the Panthers’ second touchdown of the night for a 14-0 lead.
Rucker then built on the lead with a 90-yard reception for a touchdown that gave Yazoo County a 21-0 advantage with 1:56 to go in the first quarter.
Gainwell scored on a 47-yard carry to make it 27-0 with 6:08 to go before halftime. That would be the only points scored in the second quarter.
Jamarion Stewart scored midway through the third quarter to increase the lead to 34-0. Stewart had a great game with 13 carries for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“Jamarion came in and did a good job running the ball for us tonight,” said Panthers head coach Robert Dobbs. “We told our running back all week to run in the hole with a purpose and run over people. He did just that.”
Yazoo City got on the board with 29 seconds left in the third quarter with a touchdown by senior running back Jayden Stewart.
Kobe Fisher responded with a touchdown and Gainwell added the two point conversion. Fisher ended the night completing 5-of-7 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Stewart scored his second touchdown of the night with 11:22 left in the game to put the finishing touches on the victory.
Marlon Brown and Alphonso Ray led the Panthers defense. Brown had seven tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss.
Ray had seven tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss.
Indians head coach Rodney Adams said that there were some bright spots despite the disappointing loss.
Adams was particularly pleased with the performance of quarterback Claude Collum.
Collum completed 7-of-19 passes for 95 yards despite frequent pressure from the Panthers defensive front and had four carries for 65 yards.
"Claude Collum didn't give up,” Adams said. “He remained positive throughout the game. He is showing improvements every week."
This week the Panthers (2-1) travel to North Forrest (1-2). The Eagles are hosting the Panthers fresh off of a 24-0 shutout victory over Newton.
Yazoo City (0-3) hosts longtime rival Canton (3-0). The Tigers continued their winning streak last week with a 21-14 win at Germantown.