Logically, the Rains Wildcat game plan against the Spring Hill Panthers Friday night was to play keep-away. In reality, however, it might have been best if theyâd just stayed away.
The Panthers, in a word, were unstoppable. Posting double-figures in each of the first three quarters, the Panthers treated their homecoming crowd to a rousing 77-26 victory.
Spring Hill (4-0) scored the first 11 times it touched leather and held a commanding 49-12 lead at intermission. Rains (1-3) traded punches early, but were ultimately KOâd by a flood of 63 unanswered Panther points.
Four of Spring Hillâs first eight offensive snaps resulted in hitting the jackpot.
Rains actually led 6-0 early after taking the gameâs opening kickoff and navigating 74 yards in eight plays with sophomore fullback Devin Jacks going 11-yard up the gut for a score at 8:10.
Spring Hill got a 40-yard kickoff return from Jace Tiller, and Zach Tulpa did the rest on a 29-yard scat around right end. Efren Barcenas, who was a perfect 11 for 11 on point afters, split the uprights to complete the one play, 29-yard possession that only used a half dozen seconds.
The Panther band was just getting tuned up when Gage White and Ryan Willis teamed up on a 35-yard touchdown after a short Wildcat punt. Willis took the pitch from White, spun out of a tackle and raced to the pylon.
It looked as if neither team brought their defense in the early going when Rains responded to the quick Spring Hill strike for six on a 91-yard gallop by Dylon Mosley.
The Wildcats were stopped on the 2-point try and with 5:06 showing on the clock in the first quarter the score was 14-12. From that point forward, it was all Panthers.
White and Dayson Adaway made good on a 26-yard scoring strike after Tulpa ripped off a 36-yard run. The drive, somewhat out of character for the Panthers, took five whole plays and chewed up 81 yards in 67 seconds.
Tulpa contributed runs of 14 and 17 to the next scoring drive that went a marathon eight snaps and consumed 71 yards. Daryn Beck, in his only offensive touch, glided 23 yards before Kiante Stoker plowed in from 14 at 5:11 of the first half.
The Panthers used a little trickeration on their next drive when Tiller found Morgan Bradford for 21 yards on a double-reverse pass. White slipped across from the one to make it 42-12 with 3:01 before halftime.
Spring Hill was not quite finished as Willis recovered a surprise onside kick. One play later, White and Adaway were celebrating a 41-yard TD toss and a 49-12 lead at the break.
White finished 6 of 9 through the air for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Adaway led the Panthers with two receptions for 67 yards and a pair of scores. Tulpa and Stoker both eclipsed the century-mark rushing. Tulpa had 155 yards on just six totes, while Stoker totaled 102 yards on five carries.
Zach Henry raced 71 yards with the second half kickoff to stake the Panthers to a 56-12 lead and Stokerâs 13-yard bulldoze completed a 6-play, 50-yard drive to give Spring Hill a 63-12 advantage.
White and Tiller converted a third and short with an 18-yard connection and Stoker literally broke four tackles on his way to the end zone.
Tulpaâs 60-yard dash set up a one-yard Bryan Fritz touchdown at 2:00 of the third quarter. Fritz tacked on the final Panther score when he shot through a tiny gap and darted 46 yards to the pay window less than three minutes into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats placed both Mosley and Jacks over 100 yards in a losing cause. Jacks ended the evening with 165 yards on 20 carries and Mosley finished with 125 yards on 15 touches.
Spring Hill closes out non-district play Friday at Huntington, while Rains makes another road trip to face Redwater.
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