“It was a very physical game,” West Gadsden head coach Joey Striplin said about the Panthers’ home match-up with Vernon Friday night. “I was just proud of the way we hung in there.”
Hung in is what West Gadsden did, running their record to 2-0 with a 24-14 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Offensively, quarterback Quanterrious Knight had another nice game passing for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Marquis Brown that covered 22 and 52 yards. Brown finish the night with 82 receiving yards. Teammate Octavious Evans, who scored the Panthers third touchdown on a 72-yard punt return, added 87 receiving yards to the total.
Antonio Murphy led the West Gadsden rushing with 115 yards and Israel Grande added three extra point kicks and a 35-yard field goal to the offense.
“Defensively we’re playing really well,” Striplin said. “The two touchdowns Vernon scored were on a long kick return and on a short drive when we lost the ball deep in our own territory.”
Robert Gordon led the defense with a 9-tackle, 5-assist game. Freddie Andrews had a 6-tackle 3-assist game.
Deonte Jackson added a pass interception for the defense.
This week the Panthers will host Cottondale, another 2-0 team.
“They’ll bring in a team that is good offensively with a big running back; we’ll have our hands full,” Striplin said.
MUNROE BESTS SEVEN RIVERS 36-0
Munroe saw their football record go to 2-0 when they defeated Seven Rivers Christian out of Lecanto 36-0 Friday night at Corry Field.
Four different players scored touchdowns for the Bobcats. Jalyn Lewis had two of the scores on runs of 10 and 47 yards, Myles Edwards scored on a 48-yard run, Cole Skipper had a 15-yard scoring reception on a pass from Will Harris, and Bo Bailey, who led the Munroe rushing with 112 yards, had a 63-yard scamper in that total.
Edwards and Lewis also scored two-point conversions and Skipper kicked a couple of extra points.
Defensively, the Bobcats put up their second shutout in a row as Bailey, Joey Fallis and Max Baroody led the effort.
Nolan Haire picked off a pass for the second straight week.
“We’re showing a lot of heart, and seem to be getting better every week,” Munroe head coach Danny Hood said.
Friday night Munroe will host Northside Methodist from Dothan in a 7:30 p.m. game at Corry Field.
East Gadsden 49, Rutherford 34
West Gadsden 24, Vernon 14
Munroe 33, Seven Rivers Christian 0
East Gadsden at Godby (Thursday)
Northside Methodist (Dothan) at
Cottondale at West Gadsden
West Gadsden at Tate
East Gadsden (open)
Miami 21, Florida 16
Tennessee State 27, FAMU 7
Nevada at FSU
Samford at FAMU
Tennessee at Florida
Bethune-Cookman at FSU
FAMU at Ohio State