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Panthers suffer season-opening loss

Posted: August 25, 2015 - 11:10pm
Lakeside High School quarterback Nick Patterson scrambles from North Augusta pressure in Friday night's opener. The Yellow Jackets won 32-7.    Photo by Chris Thelen
Photo by Chris Thelen
Lakeside High School quarterback Nick Patterson scrambles from North Augusta pressure in Friday night's opener. The Yellow Jackets won 32-7.

Rashad Byrd recognized the screen and caught the ball like the play was designed to go to him – only he was a linebacker, and he was racing to the end zone for the touchdown.

North Augusta’s defense picked off three passes, recovered a fumble and was dominant as the Yellow Jackets won at Lakeside, 32-7, to begin the season.

“They did it once in the Lincoln County scrimmage. They actually did it with a toss the first time and it paid off the second time when they did it,” Byrd said.

The Jackets defense held the Panthers to only 191 offensive yards, including only 57 in the second half as North Augusta sped away on the scoreboard.

Byrd’s interception gave North Augusta (1-0) the lead for good at 12-7 and preceded Aaron Maddox’s two interceptions. It was also the team’s second touchdown in a little over a minute, as Jaylon Patton caught a 41-yard pass from Landon Washington.

North Augusta, which also got a punt return touchdown from DeJuan Bell to close the scoring, didn’t slow down from there. The line twice stuffed fourth-down attempts by shutting down the middle on run plays. The defensive front and the linebackers also applied pressure, forcing bad throws or getting sacks of Panthers quarterback Nick Patterson.

Patterson and Lakeside had a great start, but couldn’t sustain it. Lakeside picked off Washington on the third offensive play of the game and then Patterson faked a handoff and kept the ball for a 35-yard run. Patterson then found Nick Reid for an eight-yard touchdown.

Other than those plays, Lakeside’s offense couldn’t find room. Patterson tried to run for yards and first downs, but North Augusta didn’t allow him to get far.

“Their quarterback is great and I’ve known his family for a long time,” Jackets coach Brian Thomas said. “He’s a good ball player and a great competitor. They’ll be fine.”

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