Written By: JMF
It was a matchup of two 3A District 6 “Cats”. It was the Panthers vs. the Lions. The Panthers were coming off a tough loss last week. The Lions were coming off a blowout win last week. Both teams were hunting for wins. The Panthers of Fleming County would come out and shutout the Lions of Lewis County, 40-0.
Lewis County had not been shutout all season and put up 50 points last week against Bath County. In fact, the Lions entered last night’s game averaging 25.4 points per game. Fleming County’s defense has been solid this season and had only allowed more than 27 points one time this season and were allowing an average of 24 points per game. However, Coach Spencer had stated earlier in the week that he was looking for consistency and identity. His team stepped up in a big way to get the 40-0 victory.
Fleming County would come out and dominate from the very beginning of the game. Panthers’ QB, Nate Martin was looking to bounce back after a tough week last week, and he did just that. He would complete 7 of 10 passes for 123 yards and 2 TDs. Martin would connect with Landon Johnson 3 times for 75 yards and a touchdown. He would connect with Austin Farrow 2 times for 13 yards and a touchdown.
Landon Johnson ran the ball 2 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. Austin Trent was looking to bounce back this week after being held to only 63 yards last week and was kept out of the endzone. Trent would come back with vengeance and had 9 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. Aiden Johnson had 4 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Harn would also have a rushing touchdown.
The Panthers would be up 40-0 at halftime and in the 2nd half they would play mainly their younger players. In total, the Panthers would run the ball 22 times for 206 yards, and through the air they would complete 7 passes for 123 yards for a total of 329 yards of offense in the game.
The Panthers’ defense would re-establish who they have been this season. The defense would completely smother and dominate Lewis County. Lewis County ran the ball 22 times for 57 yards and was able to only manage gaining 67 yards passing for a total of 124 yards of offense. Lewis County came into the game averaging 233 yards of offense per game.
Fleming County (4-2) will travel to East Carter (4-2) next week, Friday Oct. 6th for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Lewis County (2-4) will travel to Russell (4-3) next week, Friday Oct. 6th for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.