Friday night the West Gadsden High School Panthers hosted the Seahawks from Franklin County High School. Not only was it a District game for the Panthers but it was also Homecoming 2013.
The Panthers wasted little time getting on the board, scoring at the 11:35 mark of the the first quarter on a 17-yard pass play after being set up by their defense forcing a Seahawk fumble. This would be the first of four 1st quarter scores by the Panthers as they built a 27-0 advantage after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the Panther defense came up with a safety to move the score to 29-0. The Panther offense tacked on three more touchdowns in the second quarter and led 50-0 at halftime.
The best drive of the first half for the visitors from Franklin County was aided by three Panther personal foul penalties and ended on a missed field goal.
Just before the first half ended Panther Head Coach Joe Striplin told me that he planned to play his younger players the whole second half of the game. He was a man of his word, and though the younger players moved the ball and played solid defense neither team scored in the second half and the Panthers earned a district win and a huge 50-0 homecoming victory.
Next up for West Gadsden is an October 25th trip to Port St. Joe and a game against another district foe. Friday night’s victory moved the Panthers to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in district play. The Panthers next home game will be November 8th when they take on the Gators from Wewahitchka High School. The November 8th game will be the regular season finale for the Panthers.