WEAVER — The well-rested Weaver Bearcats fired on all cylinders in a 42-13 rout of the Wellborn Panthers in a Class 3A, Region 5 matchup Friday night.
Weaver, which had an open date last week, used fresh legs to gain 378 yards of total offense. All six of Weaver’s touchdowns came on the ground. The Bearcats used four main rushers to gash the Panthers for 348 yards rushing. The rushing attack started with Shamar Spinks, whose runs set up both of two touchdown quarterback-keepers for senior Dalton Hamby.
Spinks struggled with calf cramps throughout the night, but finished with 204 yards on 15 carries.
Wellborn jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with a Kedrick Harris touchdown, but that was the majority of the Panthers’ offense for the night. The Bearcats’ defense swarmed to the football all night and limited the Panthers to only 123 yards on the ground and that was all in the first half.
Weaver coach Daryl Hamby credited the scout team with giving the Bearcats’ defense the edge.
“It’s the look that our scout team doing a great job gave us all week that gave us the edge,” Hamby said. “We had two weeks to prepare which helped but our scout team giving us the looks, put us over the top.”
The Bearcats jumped all over the Panthers after intermission. With a 7-6 lead, Spinks opened the second half with a 40-yard run and a 16-yard run that set up the second quarterback-keeper for Hamby. Hamby then connected with London Knight for the two-point conversion. That kicked started Knight’s night for the Bearcats.
Spinks was not finished, finally finding the end zone himself with a 13-yard touchdown run to make it 21-7.
Trailing 21-7, the Panthers sparked a little bit of life with a pick six by Kentrez Hunt making it 21-13. Spinks ended the spark on the next drive with a 47 yard run that set up the first of three touchdowns for London Knight. Speed was the key for the Bearcats on offense, according to Daryl Hamby.
“We’ve got two good ones and it helps that they have great speed. They (Spinks and Knight) have won last year’s track state championship and probably will win another one. We were blessed with speed.”
Knight scored twice in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Panthers, scoring on a 10-yard run and a 50-yard run. Knight finished with 128 yards on the night.
“We are getting better every time we play. Wellborn is a great team and we just limited ourselves on mistakes from the second quarter on. We just have to stay hungry,” Daryl Hamby added.
The Weaver Bearcats jump to 3-0, including 1-0 in Region 5. The Bearcats go on the road to face Ohatchee next week.