Panthers dominate White Oak en route to 27-0 victory.

Story by: Dylan Murdick, Head Newspaper Editor, Sports Editor

The beginning of this football season has not been kind to both the Spring Hill Panthers and the White Oak Roughnecks. Seeing both teams sit at 0-2. With both teams sitting at the same record, and being that they are rivals, this was already going to be a battle. However one team came to play and showed out, and that was the Spring Hill Panthers.

Gage White lead the Panthers with an outstanding passing performance, as he connected on 9 out of 17 passes for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jay Rockwell contributed greatly as well, as he pulled down 5 passes for 176 yards. The Panthers had 433 yards on offense, and held the Roughnecks to only 103 yards offensively.

Scoring started early for the Panthers, with a 19 yard touchdown from Rockwell in the first quarter. Spring Hill junior DB Curtis Crowe would set up the Panthers second touchdown, when he perfectly read a Blake Barlow pass and picked him off. Crowe would continue to run with the ball after he picked it off for 47 yards, until he was eventually stopped. Devontae Powers scored the Panthers second touchdown, with a 3 yard run as the first quarter ended. Spring Hill would convert on the 2 point conversion after, and would lead 14-0.White Oak’s offense struggled mightily in the first half, as Spring Hill’s defense stepped up to the occasion.

Spring Hill came out strong in the second quarter, as White and Rockwell would connect for a 49 yard bomb for the touchdown. Jose De LaCruz’s 21 yard field goal was blocked by Jackson Frazier, with only 6:59 left in the half. White Oak’s best chance at scoring came after their defense stopped another Panther drive on downs. Barlow would find Micah Gibson for a 23 yard pass play. However Barlow would fumble the ball as halftime approached, and the Roughneck’s opportunity to score was gone.

It didn’t take much time for the Panthers to score after the break. White connected once again with Rockwell, this time for a 51 yard pass play on third and long. Overall, the Panthers would convert on 5 of the 12 third down opportunities. Michael Marrs would score with 8:12 left. Through the game Marrs would rack up 66 yards on 20 carries. Panthers converted on the PAT, and pushed the lead even further.

Zach Henry would give the Panthers yet another touchdown, on a 47 yard bomb from White, with only 5:17 in the third.

This win improves the Panthers to 1-2, and the Roughneck’s fall to 0-3. This is Spring Hill’s 3rd year in a row winning the “Battle of Hawkins Creek”. The Panthers look to keep the momentum going as the look to face Rusk this Friday night, September 20th.