Two. That seems to have been an important number Friday night as the North Lamar Panthers hosted the Quinlan Ford Panthers. It was the 2nd week in a row that NL faced another “Panther” team. NL needed 2 things to happen to keep their playoff hopes alive: a win and a Paris loss would have set up a “win to get in” matchup in next week’s Crosstown Showdown. And the game featured the only 2 winless teams in District 7-4A.
On a night designated to honor seniors, it was fitting that the scoring would start with a senior. After a slow start by both offenses, senior WR Seybian Holt would open the scoring with a 41 yard TD reception from senior QB Austin Allison. Allison had 2 TD passes on the night, both to Holt. After a missed PAT, NL led 6-0 with 1:36 left in the 1st quarter.
The Panthers (NL) would score 2 TDs in each of the remaining quarters. The first of these came when senior RB Jeremiah Guenther capped a drive with a 1 yard TD run with 7:05 left in the 2nd. Holt would add a 2 pt conversion with a reception, extending the NL lead to 14-0. Following a QF score, NL drove the ball down field in a little over a minute, with Allison scoring the first of his 2 rushing TDs on the night from 16 yards out. Travis Coston would add the kick to give NL a 21-7 lead that took them to halftime.
NL received the ball to start the 2nd half and quickly scored to extend their lead as Allison would scamper 20 yards for a TD. Allison was starting at QB for the first time this season as Jay Walters and Kobey Emeyabbi were both sidelined by injury. With the Coston kick, NL now led 28-7 just over a minute into the half. The Panther defense that held QF to one score in the 1st half would make the stop and the offense would capitalize. Holt grabbed a pass from Allison and raced 54 yards for a TD on a one play drive. After the Coston kick, NL had a commanding 35-7 lead.
QF scored late in the 3rd and both teams would score twice in the 4th. Cameron Clark and Dee Wilson both had rushing TDs, helping NL get their first home and first district win (49-30) of the 2017 season.
Unfortunately for NL, Paris defeated Anna 25-0 and ended the Panthers’ chance to make the playoffs. With the victory NL is now 1-3 in district play (3-6 for the season). The Panthers will close the season next Friday as they travel to Paris for the 2017 Crosstown Showdown. Kickoff will be at 7:30 with game coverage starting at 7:00 on Mix 107.7.