Friday night was Senior Night and West Gadsden High School was saying thanks for the memories to eleven senior football players. Their opponent on Senior Night were the Gators of Wewahitchka High School. The Panthers finally prevailed 49-34.
The visitors from Wewa came into the contest with a record of 2-7 while the home-team Panthers entered the contest with a 5-4 record and were hoping to finish a perfect 4-0 at home.
Wewa got on the board first but the PAT was blocked by West Gadsden’s Freddie Andrews and the visitors held a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
West Gadsden answered with a score of their own and the PAT was good and the Panthers led 7-6. The Panthers added another score and led 14-6 after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter the Panthers scored again, this time on a 76-yard run by Antonio Murphy the PAT was good and the Panthers stretched their lead to 21-6. The Gators added another score and the try for a two point conversion cut the Panther lead to 21-12. The Panthers scored on a 90-yard pass play and with the PAT they led at the half 28-12.
At the 6:15 mark of the third quarter the Panthers stretched their lead to 35-12. The score remained 35-12 at the end of third.
With one quarter to play it appeared with a 23-point lead that the Panthers had the game well in hand. But, the visitors weren't ready to lay down and give up. The
Gators scored and made their two point conversion and cut the Panthers’ lead to 15 points at 35-20.
The visitors tried an onside kick and the Panthers made them pay by returning the kick 55 yards for a touchdown and now held a 22-point advantage, 42-20.
Were the visitors ready to quit? Not yet. They added two more scores to cut the Panthers’ lead to 8 points, 42-34, with a couple of minutes left in the contest. The Panthers scored on a 23-yard run to make the score 49-34 and notch their sixth victory of the year and end the regular season 6-4 and a perfect 4-0 at home.
The Panthers didn't make the district play-offs this year but have had a great regular season and will travel to Panama City Wednesday, November 13th to play the Tornadoes of Panama City Bay High School (5-5) in the Emerald Coast Bowl Game. The Bowl game will be the last game for the following senior Panthers football players: Marquis Brown, Miguel Davis, Corey Dixon, Demorya Edwards, Dakelbis Gee, Deonte Jackson, Joshua Lloyd, Anthony Matthews, Ronald Pinkney, Tremayne Romph and Derrick Washington.