Due to Pleasant Grove only have one subvarsity team, the 9th grade Panthers traveled to Texarkana to take on a different opponent, the Tigers of Texas High. The opponent didn’t matter to the Panthers as they started with some big offensive plays early. Nick Stewart had a 10 yard run to open the Panther’s first possession. QB Carter Dixon followed with a 20 yard run of his own. Michael Marrs also had a 20 yard run into the end zone for the Panther score. Grant Fisher kicked the PAT through and the lead was a quick 7-0 for Spring Hill.
On the second defensive play, Marrs was able to scoop up a Tiger fumble and return it for another Spring Hill score from 25 yards out. Fisher converted the extra point, and the Panthers were out to a quick 14-0 lead before Texas High could blink. The Tigers managed to find some offense and move the ball out to midfield, but Tavion Sterling had a stop for a loss of yardage. On third down, Brody Barnhill sacked the Tiger QB to force a 4th down as the quarter ended.
The Panther defense stopped the Tigers on the ensuing 4th down and took over possession of the ball. A long run by Stewart was called back on a penalty. The Panthers went for it on 4th down, but the ball was fumbled and Texas High was able to pick the ball up and return it for a TD. The 2 point conversion attempt failed and the Panthers led 14-6. The Tigers then kicked off and Curtis Crowe returned the kick 75 yards down the right side for another Spring Hill score. Fisher kicked the PAT and the score read 21-6.
The Panther defense, led by Carson Barnhill, stuffed the Texas High offense and took over possession. Colin Martin took the snap and was able to find daylight for a 10 yard run. Martin then followed it with another run before hitting Corvin Withrow on a pass to end the first half.
The Panther defense started the 3rd quarter with big plays by Ethan Foster to get a tackle for loss. The Tigers then completed a long pass over the defense, but Martin made a TD saving tackle. Texas High then tried a reverse, but Martin was able to make another saving tackle. The Panther defense was solid and forced the Tigers to turn the ball back over to Spring Hill. The final period began with an incompletion on a pass attempt from Dixon to Martin. Dixon was able to rumble for 18 yards on the next play. However, a sack of Dixon resulted in a fumble recovered by Spring Hill. Martin then kept the ball on an option play and sprinted 50 yards for a Panther TD. Fisher converted the PAT and the score read 28-6.
Texas High tried to run around the edge of the Panther defense. The Tigers finally found some success with a halfback pass for a TD. The conversion attempt failed. Texas High then tried and onside kick which was recovered by Ethan Foster. After a big run by Martin, the Tigers were able to recover a fumble for another TD. The conversion attempt was good. The final score was Spring Hill 28 Texas High 20. Spring Hill improved its record for the year to 6-2-1.
The Panthers will finish their season hosting Atlanta on Thursday, November 9. Kick off is set for 5 pm.