Panthers rush past Scottsboro


By Ken Bonner/Daily Sentinel

Southside scored on its opening possession of the game and went on to claim a 27-7 win over Scottsboro last Friday at Barney Hood Stadium.

The Panthers improved to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in Class 5A Region 7. Scottsboro fell to 0-3 and 0-2.

Southside ran 50 times for 466 yards. 

Dantley Coker gave the Panthers the early lead when he ran in from seven yards out to cap a nine-play, 62-yard drive. Kicker Carter West made it 7-0 with 6:13 left in the opening quarter.

Southside made it 14-0 soon after taking the second half kickoff when Holt Keeling scampered 30 yards for the score. His run capped a four-play, 79-yard drive with 10:41 remaining in the third stanza.

Coker ran for one yard to open the drive. He then caught a 13-yard pass. After a five-yard illegal procedure penalty on the Panthers, Blake Devine ran for 30 yards to set up Keeling’s score.

The Panthers put the game out of reach with 10:32 remaining in the game when Armstrong scooted 38 yards down the sideline for the score. The run capped a six-play, 60-yard drive. West’s kick made it 21-0.

After a Scottsboro fumble, Southside drove 42 yards in six plays. Coker’s fumble at the end of a 10-yard run was recovered in the end zone by Kyle Seward and the Panthers were up 27-0 with 6:20 left.

Scottsboro finally got on board on a 1-yard run by Heath Seymour with 4:03 remaining to cap a 5-play 47-yard drive. Tom Kleinschmidt’s kick cut the margin to 27-7.

Coker led the Panthers in rushing with144 yards on 23 carries. Hunter Armstrong carries seven times for 106 yards, while Keeling finished with 101 yards on five attempts. Devine added 56 yards on six carries.

Patrick Lister completed 2-of-8 passes for 35 yards.

Chase Nobles had 10 tackles, followed by Armstrong with nine, Saige Dale with eight and Tyler Carr with six. Coker, Armstrong and Dale each had a sack. 

Southside visits No. 10 Fort Payne on Friday in a key region game.  

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