It was the start the North Lamar Panthers hoped to get on the road in Texarkana. In their previous three road games, the Panthers started off slowly. All three slow starts contributed to the three road losses. Against Liberty Eylau, though, the start was exactly what the Panthers wanted.
Liberty Eylau got the opening kick off Friday night and went 30 yards in two plays. The third play, however, is what sparked the Panthers. Quarterback Decorian Phillips dropped back from the 29 yard line and threw the ball to the endzone. Austin Allison was waiting for the pass and picked it off for North Lamar. He would return it to the 13 yard line.
The Panthers would go on a 16 play, 87 yard drive. The drive was capped off by a one yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Sam Cowling. That would be the last glimmer of hope for North Lamar until the final drive of the game.
Liberty Eylau scored 38 unanswered points beginning on the next possession. It took them only four plays to travel 67 yards. It was the first of five touchdowns on the night for the leopards. After the interception, Liberty Eylau had eight possessions. Six of them ended in scores. One of the drives ended in a punt and the other in a missed field goal.
The Panthers only other score came in the final seconds of the game. By that time, the game was way out of hand. The Panthers defense struggled once again as they allowed the LE offense to rack up 483 yards. Over 360 of them were on the ground.
Offensively, North Lamar had a hard time against the LE defense. The Panthers only managed 234 total yards. Cowling was the high man for North Lamar with 122 on the ground. Javon Franklin finished with 50 yards on 23 carries and the other Panther touchdown. Tyler Hill had 47 yards on 14 carries.
Next up, the Panthers will be at home against Princeton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at R.L. Maddox Stadium.