• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: French Camp 35 | Vardaman 25

Friday night was about speed.

The French Camp Academy Panthers and the

Vardaman Rams sped past each other all night as Region 3-1A play got underway for 2017. Both Vardaman and French Camp utilized speedy backs and receivers to score quickly, but it was the Panthers that ultimately emerged victorious 35-25.

Both teams traded scores in the early going, with Vardaman holding a 13-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the Panthers leading 21-19 by halftime. The second half was opened by a kick return for a touchdown by French Camp’s Kendall Coleman Jr., who played a large role in the Panthers’ offensive success throughout the night. Along with Coleman, running back Tacarie Stewart gave French Camp a strong ground game as he broke through the Ram front-seven on numerous occasions.

Vardaman had its chances to score and potentially win the game in the second half, but ultimately offensive miscues and strong stands by the Panther defense prevented them from doing so. Vardaman did, however, have a strong showing from running back Patrick Pratt who found the end zone twice. Quarterback Trae Owen also gave the Rams two touchdowns while throwing two interceptions. One such interception came after bouncing out of Kody Townsend’s hands near the goal line on a drive that could have resulted in a Vardaman score.

Although French Camp came away victorious on Friday, it came at a price. The Panthers’ starting quarterback Holman Edwards went down late in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. It is unclear whether Edwards will miss any playing time or how his injury will affect French Camp. The Panthers have a long and difficult region slate ahead, and the absence of their signal-caller could hurt in the long run.

French Camp Academy (2-2, 1-0) is off next week before traveling to Nanih Waiya on Sept. 22. Vardaman (2-2, 0-1) will continue division play next week at Leake County.

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