Wellborn’s 54-8 victorious scoreline said it all, as the Panthers trounced the B.B. Comer at the Hill.
Offensively the Panthers were near perfect, scoring eight touchdowns on just ten drives and scoring 40 points before the end of the third quarter.
Things got off to a great start for the home team when their two-play first drive was capped off with a 29 yard run from freshman Nick Mixon — the first of two he would score for Wellborn.
“It felt pretty good out there, I was able to depend on my line,” Mixon said. “Everyone was doing what they were supposed to be doing, and we just took it to the house.”
It ended up setting the pace for the rest of the game. While the subsequent drive for the Panthers resulted in a quick four and out, they ran down most of the clock in the second quarter, scoring on a 3 yard run play to put Wellborn on top 12-0 going into the half.
And in the third quarter, things got really wild.
The Panthers lit up the scoreboard for 28 points, scoring four touchdowns on four drives. Wellborn never took the gas off the pedal on the run game as the offense mixed it some direct snap plays to Mixon.
“We just took what the defense was giving us,” said head coach Jeff Smith.
But as dominant as their offense was, the Panthers defense matched them all the way.
It took B.B. Comer until the fourth quarter to finally get a drive out of their half of the field. Perhaps indicative of their struggles all night, the two times the Tigers managed to get the ball to the 50 yard line through the first three quarters — once in the first and again in the third — they were knocked back immediately on the following plays.
“They came in here looking for a win, and we just denied them all night,” said senior linebacker Bobby White.
While credit has to go to the Panthers solid defense, the Tigers really did themselves no favors either as they let the game get out of hand in the third quarter.
While the Panthers offense racked up four touchdowns in those 12 minutes, the Tigers were flagged eight times, including a costly holding penalty that erased a 20-yard run.
“We were out there to play football, and we kept our composure,” White said on the differences in temperament between the two teams. Until the fourth quarter the Panthers were flagged just once all game on the opening kickoff for offsides.
Complicating matters, Tigers’ offense just couldn’t seem to hold on to the football, coughing it up with three lost fumbles, and an interception on the only pass attempt of the quarter.
The one lone bright spot all night for B.B. Comer came with 56 seconds left in the game when special teams were able to score the only touchdown for the Tigers on a kickoff return.
But even that minor celebration didn’t last long.
On the ensuing drive the Panthers punched the ball in for on more touchdown as the clock winded down to end the game on one last upswing for the home team.
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