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Coverage Recap: South Panola 28 | Southaven 7

It’s that time of the year again. Playoff brackets are starting to take shape. This game carried playoff implications. South Panola and Southaven battled for sole possession of third place in Region 1-6A. At the end of the night, the Tigers left Southaven with a 28-7 win. The Tigers were just too good defensively and their offense came out of the gates rolling.

It didn’t take long for South Panola to make a statement. As a matter of fact, it only took 80 seconds for the Tigers to do so. Derrick Cunningham found a massive hole up the middle and raced 58 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. The score was then 7-0.

The Chargers had a new face behind center with Jonah Posey, who replaced an injured Micah Chillers. He had great quarterback moments throughout the night, but he was harassed by the Tiger defensive line for a lot of the evening. The Tigers forced Southaven to punt on their first offensive possession.

South Panola’s offense still. Had their foot on the pedal. They drove down the field with ease. Midway through the first quarter, Patrick Shegog threw a beautifully executed screen to Ataraie Bobo who had nothing but his blockers and the end zone in front of him. A defender caught Bobo from behind and he fumbled the ball. His teammate, Kanoda Lewis, was in the right place at the right time. Lewis picked up the fumble and carried it into the end zone for another touchdown. The score was 14-0 Tigers with 5:59 left in the first quarter.

Southaven was left in a hole in just a blink of an eye, it seemed like. They had to stop the bleeding. Posey was picked off by South Panola’s Wade Thornton just a little bit later. Southaven got the ball back almost immediately after turning it over. Michael Johnson read the quarterback’s eyes and intercepted a screen pass to put the Chargers back in business entering the second quarter.

The Chargers finally broke the ice, once they were able to find their playmaker, Jaylen Armstrong in space. A couple plays later, Posey connected with his man Cameron Rayford on a fade route for a 12 yard touchdown pass. Momentum changed sides with 11:57 left in the first half. The score was 14-7 South Panola with the lead.

Southaven had another chance to score and tie the game. The Chargers drove down to South Panola’s 10 yard line, only to have a pass intercepted in the end zone by Morris House, who took the ball back to Southaven’s 36 yard line. The Tigers would be in position to score, but wouldn’t be able to put points on the board after being stopped on 4th down. The Tigers were able to get points on the board with their defense. Jaqualian Gillespie intercepted a tipped pass and had a convoy beside him. He took the ball back the other way for a 33 yard pick six. That score made it 21-7 South Panola midway through the second quarter. That pretty much took the wind out of Southaven’s sails offensively. The score remained 21-7 until halftime.

Not much really happened in the second half. It was a quick 24 minutes due to both teams running the ball as well as the clock. Patrick Shegog was able to punch in a 20 yard touchdown on the ground midway though the 4th quarter. That score would seal the deal. The Tigers are now 7-3 overall and 3-2 in Region 1-6A, placing them 3rd in the region. They will host Columbus next week.

Player of the game:

South Panola - QB Patrick Shegog

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