Lakeside’s win didn’t just spoil Greenbrier’s homecoming Friday night, it also put the Panthers in a good position in the region.
Using a momentum-turning touchdown drive just before the end of the first half, the Panthers went on to win 34-17.
The victory improved the Panthers’ record to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in Region 2-AAAAA, putting the team in third place ahead of Jones County (4-3, 2-2), Lakeside’s homecoming opponent Friday.
The teams traded shots throughout the first half. The Panthers got on the board first with a 29-yard pass from Tanner Brassell to running back Josh Jones. When the extra-point attempt failed, it was the Wolfpack’s turn.
Greenbrier took a 7-6 lead heading into the second quarter when quarterback Luke Otstot faked a pass to the flat and hit a wide-open Gregory Wilson, who ran the final 40 yards of the 70-yard score.
After Wolfpack running back Jamal Richard scored on a 20-yard rush with 2:31 left in the half, giving the Wolfpack a 17-13 lead, the Panthers went 80 yards in eight plays, ending with quarterback Tanner Brassell hitting Daniel Cotty for a 18-yard touchdown with 24 seconds left in the half.
“That was a big play right before half,” said head coach Kevin Hunt, who saw his Wolfpack drop to 1-6, 0-4. “It let some air out of our sails.”
The biggest play of the drive was a 59-yard completion from Brassell to BJ Raymond, down to the Panthers’ 8-yard line. Brassell got rid of the ball just as he was slammed out of bounds and Raymond jumped higher than the defender and came down with the ball.
“I took a pretty good hit,” said Brassell. “I was trying to buy some time and the receiver made a good catch.”
Lakeside got the ball to start the third quarter and increased its lead to 27-17 in just three plays. On the second play from scrimmage, Brassell hit running back Josh Jones who ran for a 60-yard gain to the Wolfpack 14. Jalen Harrison made the touchdown on the next play.
“We talked about the play to Josh Jones at halftime and knew it was there and wanted to call it and fortunately it worked out for us,” said Panthers’ head coach Jarrett Troxler.
Not everything worked out well for the Panthers as they were whistled for 17 penalties for 150 yards. The teams combined for 26 penalties for 230 yards.
While Brassell threw for 175 yards, the Panthers gained 202 on the ground with four players over 50 yards for the night and Harrison scoring twice.
After scoring 17 points in the first half, the Wolfpack were taken out of their comfort zone and forced to throw the ball more. The team was able to complete just three passes in 17 second-half attempts with an interception.
In other county action:
• Augusta Christian defeated Heathwood Hall 26-12, clinching first place in South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA. After its regular-season finale against Orangeburg Prep Friday, the Lions (9-0) roar into the playoffs with home-field advantage until the championship game Nov. 17.
• Having already clinched a spot in the Georgia Independent School Association playoffs, Augusta Prep (5-3) went out and hammered Skip Stone 46-0 on the road Friday night.
• Grovetown welcomed Evans in and then beat them down, 38-9. The Warriors improved to 2-5 overall, 2-2 region, while the Knights dropped to 3-4, 1-3.