Having their game pushed back one day did nothing to slow down Yazoo County, as the Panthers slayed Murrah 33-2.
Yazoo County head football coach Robert Dobbs was as blinded by the delayed game as anyone when he got the call.
“Our plan wasn’t to play on Saturday, but North Jackson Field had some drainage issues because of all the rain we’ve had lately,” Dobbs said. “We ended up playing on Newell Field on Saturday.”
While the location and day might not have gone according to plan for the Panthers, the game certainly did.
The Panther played stifling defense and gave Murrah a healthy dose of Cherokee Edwards and Kenneth Gainwell to take a 26-0 lead into the half.
In the second half, reserves got their fair of playing time as the Panthers drained them dry, outscoring them 7-2 to take a 33-2 victory.
“We had a total team effort in the win,” Dobbs. “Our defense played lights out. Our special teams were good. I’m proud of them. We weren’t as dominant on offense, but that sometimes comes a little later in the season.
Dobbs doesn’t want to take anything away from Murrah, however.
He feels they did some things formation-wise that gave the Panthers problems.
“We wanted to set the tempo and get our downhill running game going,” Dobbs said. “We didn’t know how they would line up against our formations. That had a little bit to do with it.”
Still, despite the offensive struggles, the Panthers scored 33 points.
Cherokee Edwards led the way with 11 rushes for 84 yards and three touchdowns.
Kenneth Gainwell rushed for two touchdowns of his own to go with 49 yards on 11 rushes. He also went 3-for-4 passing for 40 yards.
Dontrell Green was the leading receiver with two catches for 25 yards, and he also added six total tackles, two of which were for loss.
On defense, Tredarius Carr had a monster game, racking up nine total tackles, six of which were for loss, two quarterback hurries, and a pass deflection.
Kendarian Dix has eight total tackles, three of which were for loss.
Kory Gainwell had eight total tackles, one of which was for loss, and a forced fumble.
Vashun Demus has six total tackles and a sack.
Austin Dees has six total tackles, while Demartel Carter had four total tackles, two of which were for loss.
Next up for Yazoo County is a familiar foe in Germantown.
Dobbs feels that they will be one of the better-coached teams his Panthers will face this season.
“They’re a well-coached team,” Dobbs said. “They’re a very disciplined, and they play hard. They’re a hard-nosed group. They will play football the correct way, technique-wise.”
Yazoo County’s home game will begin at 7 p.m.