Panthers bounce back with key win

By TAYLOR HAWKINS,

After dropping to 1-1 in the conference with a loss to Ruleville Central, the Panthers of Yazoo County stormed back on Friday night with a 26-18 conference win over Amanda Elzy.

The win brought the Panthers’ overall record back up to 4-4 (2-1 in conference).

Yazoo County head coach Robert Dobbs was pleased with both the effort displayed by his team and their ability to follow the defensive game plan.

“I’m pleased that we’re back on the winning side of things,” Dobbs said. “The kids played hard the whole game. I was pleased with the effort. They had a lot of team speed. The key was to box in number 21. He still broke away for a few runs, but for the most part, we did pretty well defensively.”

As far as the playoff situation goes, nothing is set in stone, but Dobbs like his team’s odds if they win out.

“It’s still up in the air,” Dobbs said. “Nothing is official yet. We just have to keep trying to play hard. I think we’ll make the playoffs, especially if we win out. It could come down to a point system. We control our destiny.”

Ben Luckett went 9-for-18 for 104 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed the ball 12 times for 32 yards and racked up four tackles.

Kory Gainwell continued his hot streak of games on Friday night with 16 carries for 70 yards, two catches for 34 yards, three total tackles, and three kickoff returns for 162 yards and a touchdown.

Malik Banks led the receiving effort for Yazoo County with five catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

Tredarius Carr had a monster defensive game, racking up 14 total tackles, three of which were for loss, two quarterback sacks, one forced fumble, and three quarterback hurries.

Tyler Lambert had seven total tackles and a fumble recovery he returned for a 53-yard touchdown.

Kenderian Dixon had seven total tackles and a fumble recovery in the win.

Alzavian Shelton had six total tackles.

Deiondre Herron had three total tackles, one of which was for loss.

Keon Sims picked off a pass in the big victory.

Next up for Yazoo County is a big conference game against J.Z. George.

J.Z. George is 0-9 (0-3 in conference) on the season after falling 20-0 to Humphreys County this past Friday night.

Dobbs feels that J.Z George will be a threat, even if they haven’t won a game yet this season.

“Despite their record, they’re a tough, scrappy team,” Dobbs said. “They play from start to finish. We have to go out and play to our level. We just have to go out and do our job, and things will take care of themselves.”

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