B-L Survives Scrap with Trojans
The Batesburg-Leesville Panthers opened the 2018 season with a 15-8 win over nearby Ridge Spring-Monetta after trailing for the majority of the game. Next week the Panthers host Gilbert while the Trojans will return home to host Saluda.
The Trojans turned a Panther fumble into a 58 yard scoring drive that took sic plays. Jerry Tyler zig zagged his way to an exciting 36 yard scoring run with 6:13 to play in the first quarter. Reagan Cherry would run in the two point conversion to give the Trojans an 8-0 lead. The lead would hold throughout the first quarter as both defenses dominated as there were just142 yards of total offense in the first half.
In the second half the Trojans had several chances to extend the lead but couldn’t overcome the stingy B-L defense. After recovering a squib kick on the second half kickoff the Trojans drive stalled at the B-L ten as they turned the ball over on downs. B-L gave the ball back to the Trojans at almost the exact spot five plays later after a high snap on a punt attempt. Again, the Panther defense would hold on downs and get the ball back to the offense.
Following a B-L punt the Trojans tried to go deep but Keshoun Williams intercepted the pass and returned it to the RSM 48. Six plays later the Panthers got on the board. The key play on the drive was a 34 yard pass from Williams to Shauntrel Hendrix to the 10 yard line. Tayvon Wilson scored on a seen yard run. B-L would go for two points and Williams ran it in to tie the game at 8-8 with :52.8 to play in the third quarter.
B-L would manage to flip the field late thanks to punting as Levi Crapps averaged 37.2 yards per kick while RSM averaged just 13.5 in the second half. Following a short punt midway through the fourth quarter the Panthers took over at the RSM 38 before Marvin Gantt rushed for 26 yards and Williams followed with a quarterback draw play for 12 yards and the go ahead touchdown with 6:44 to play. Collin Anderson added the extra point to make it 15-8. The B-L defense would hold down the stretch with two more turnover on downs as they held on for the win.
RSM finished the night with 176 yards of total offense while B-L tallied just 156 in what can best be described as a defensive struggle. Gantt rushed for 70 yards on seven carries while Wilson had 455 yards on eight with a touchdown.