Panthers fall to former coach's team

By TAYLOR HAWKINS,

Bernard Euell and the Velma Jackson Falcons got the better of Yazoo County on Friday night when they defeated his former team, the Panthers of Yazoo County, 15-8.

The loss dropped Yazoo County’s overall record to 5-2 (0-1 in district).

It wasn’t so much that the Panthers lost that upset Yazoo County head coach Robert Dobbs.

It was how they lost.

Penalties racked up, and it put the Panthers in a hole they could not overcome.

“We didn’t play well tonight and it shows,” Dobbs said. “We kept hurting ourselves with penalties. We had about 20 penalties during the game. It's hard to win and overcome that when we played the way we did tonight.”

It was all Velma Jackson in the first quarter.

The Falcons went up 7-0 on a 39-yard pass before tacking on an additional 8 points via a 2-yard run and a 2-point conversion to make it a 15-0 game heading into the second quarter.

Yazoo County quarterback Kobe Fisher took off with the ball, dodging tacklers all along the way, on a 59-yard score. After a successful 2-point conversion, the score was cut to 15-8 by halftime.

In the second half, the Panthers came alive defensively and pitched a shutout.

Unfortunately for Dobbs and his squad, the offense did not match their precision.

The game ended 15-8.

Dobbs was proud of how his team finished, but he needs them to piece together a full game.

“Defensively, I thought we played well until the second half,” Dobbs said. “We were worn down in the second half. We have to find a way to finish the game as a team.”

Kobe Fisher was the biggest offensive threat for the Panthers in the loss. He had 17 carries for 136 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also went 6-for-14 through the air for 85 yards.

Dobbs has been waiting for Fisher to take that next step in reaching his potential, and this performance was a strong indication that it has finally begun to happen.

“Just watching the game, he made some great plays with his legs,” Dobbs said. “He has come into a good ball player. He was a workhorse in the run game. Velma did a good job of attacking our running backs, and Kobe had a big night pulling the ball and making them pay. He kept ripping off big run after big run. That will be big down the stretch for us. Him becoming a true dual-threat takes our offense to another level.”

Kory Gainwell caught three passes for 50 yards in the loss. Gainwell also chipped in eight total tackles, forced a fumble, and picked off a pass.

Marlon Brown was an absolute monster on defense, racking up 15 total tackles, two of which were for loss, and five sacks.

Donavin Green had an interception in the defeat.

The Panthers will attempt to rebound on Friday night when they travel to Raleigh to face the Lions in an important district contest.

The Lions are 2-4 on the season (1-0 in district) after defeating Crystal Springs 21-14 this past Friday night.

Kickoff at Raleigh is set for 7 p.m.