Panthers will not overlook Brewer

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Southside (2-2, 1-0) at Brewer (0-3, 0-2)

Last week: Southside 41, Arab 13; Fort Payne 24, Brewer 7

Last meeting: Southside 42, Arab 0 (2013)

Series record: Southside leads 4-0

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Ron Daugherty is pleased with the fact that his Southside High football team played a full game last week. 

Now, he’s telling them to keep it up and don’t slip backward.

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling back,” he said. “A football team is never stagnant.”

Another fact that Daugherty is talking about this week is the fact that the Panthers are winless on the road so far.

“If you’re going to win the region, you’ve got to win some road games,” he said.

Southside is slowly but surely getting back to a healthy state, as more and more injured players are returning.

Even though Class 6A, Region 7 rival Brewer is winless, Daugherty sees a team that has run a gauntlet of tough teams to start the season.

“They’re a lot more physical than last year,” he said. “On defense, they give a lot of different looks that could confuse our young line.”

The Panthers currently are a game behind Fort Payne and Scottsboro in the region standings, with the latter two teams already having won two region games to Southside’s one. 

Last week against Arab, Aleric Williams gained 135 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries with a touchdown and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass. Keeling ran for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 13 attempts. 

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