With their difficult non-conference schedule out of the way, Yazoo County started conference play 1-0 with a 47-6 beatdown of Amanda Elzy.
Despite their 3-3 record, the Panthers are 1-0 against teams in their classification.
They have played an early non-conference slate full of 4A, 5A, and 6A programs.
According to Yazoo County head football coach Bernard Euell, that scheduling was by design.
“The idea behind our scheduling was to get experience against bigger programs to get ready for conference,” Euell said. “With the way we have competed in the past couple of years, we knew we could compete this year.
The Panthers are 0-1 against 6A teams, 1-1 against 5A teams, 1-1 against 4A teams, and 1-0 against 3A teams.
Quarterback Kenneth Gainwell had another huge game for the Panthers in the win, something that is becoming a regular occurrence. He accounted for five touchdowns, two on the ground and three in the air, in the blowout victory.
Euell is thrilled to see Gainwell evolving as a passer.
“Kenny is a very special young man and athlete,” Euell said. “His growth has been the most important thing I have seen. This was his best passing game of the season so far. All of his completions were right where he wanted them, and his only incompletion was a dropped pass. It is hard to remember that he is only a sophomore. The sky is the limit for this young man.”
Cherokee Edwards rushed for 160 yards on carries in the win.
Keilos Swinney had 45 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Keldrick Brown had three receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns, while Terrance Milsap had a receiving touchdown as well.
Darius Gainwell had a huge defensive performance. He racked up seven tackles, four of which were for a loss, a sack, and a blocked punt.
Lamoni Jones had a team-high eight tackles with a tackle for a loss.
Edward Haralson had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack, while Jordan King had six tackles, two tackles for loss, and three pass break-ups.
Next up for the Panthers (3-3, 1-0) is a trip to Ruleville to face the Tigers of Ruleville Central (2-5, 0-1), who are coming off of an 18-10 loss to Humphreys County.
Euell’s mantra this season has been that each game is important, and that mindset has rubbed off on his players.
“Each week I ask our kids what is the biggest game of the season,” Euell said. “And each time they respond that it is the upcoming game because it is the next one. Ruleville is a very athletic team. They have a quarterback that can take the top off of any defense. Our defense will be challenged this week.”
Kickoff between the Panthers and Tigers is set for 7 p.m.