Southside shuts out Hokes Bluff, 31-0


Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Tucker Griffin (left) and Southside’s Jacob Davis collide during the Panthers’ 31-0 victory in high school football on Thursday, August 26, at Hokes Bluff. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney)

Southside outgained Hokes Bluff 330 to 83 in total yards in the Panthers’ 31-0 victory in high school football on Thursday, August 26, at Hokes Bluff. It was Southside’s second straight win in the series’ 69-year history.
The Panthers built a 14-0 lead at halftime courtesy of a pair of Gauge Nesmith-to-Cody Roberts touchdown passes in the second quarter, the first for 64 yards and the second for 15.
Southside made it 21-0 at the 5:46 mark of the third period on Maddox Parsons’ 2-yard touchdown run.
Abdullah Allabasi’s 42-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter pushed the Panther lead to 24-0, while Nesmith’s third scoring pass to Roberts, this time for 55 yards out, gave Southside a 31-point advantage. Allabasi was 4-for-4 in extra points.
Nesmith was 10 of 19 in passing for 259 yards, while Roberts (pictured above) had six receptions for 191 yards. Cayden McMichael caught three passes for 36 yards.
Parsons finished with 61 rushing yards on 13 carries, while Everett Grizzard ran seven times for 44 yards.

Jacob Davis led the way defensively for Southside with 15 tackles, including six for a loss. Tytan Rich had 13 stops, followed by Koal Garrett with 12, Carson Riddlespur with eight, John Gilbert with six and Spencer Sharp and Jerrod Harden with five each. Rich, Riddlespur, Sharpe, Gilbert, Broady Johnson and Ethan Light each had a sack, while Smiley Jones had an interception.
For Hokes Bluff, Noah Sprayberry rushed for 46 yards on eight attempts, while Tucker Griffin ran 20 times for 46 yards. Noah Monday had four tackles.
Southside travels to Pell City this Friday (Sept. 3), while Hokes Bluff visits Pleasant Valley.


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