The Russellville Panthers faced the Fulton City Bulldogs at their Tobacco Bowl game held on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers hosted their homecoming before the game and also had a pink-out to support breast cancer awareness. The Panthers finished the game with a score of 60-0.
The game started early for the Panthers with a seven yard touchdown rush by Zach Hines. Barrett Croslin would score next with a five yard rush followed by another touchdown by Hines to bring the score to 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Dequan Beard would score next for the Panthers after Beard with a 27 yard touchdown after Beard blocked a punt by the Bulldogs followed by a five yard rush by Hines. Croslin would throw the next two touchdowns including a 12 yard pass to Tacorian Darden and four yard pass to Hines resulting in a 47-0 lead at the half.
The next quarter would be slow for the Panthers but it didn’t stop Desmon Quarles or Zach Hendley from scoring to end the game 60-0.
The Panthers ended the game with 353 offensive yards. They had 201 overall rushing yards with Desmon Quarles leading the Panthers with 47 and Demarcus Hampton with 39. Barrett Croslin ended the game with 152 yards passing and Josh Hampton with 91 yards receiving.
“We did good today and went out there and got the win. We got what we wanted out of this game which was a win and to stay healthy and to secure a home playoff game,” said head coach John Myers. “Mayfield is a tremendous football team with tremendous speed. We know it will be a challenge but that’s what we play for and hopefully we will win. Our goal is to get two shots at playing them this year. We are just going to keep getting betting. We aren’t a bad football team but we’re not a great one. We still got a lot of room for improvement.”
The Panthers will face Mayfield next Friday at their home game at 7:30. Next Friday the Panthers will also be recognizing their seniors.