Panthers roll in football opener


By Kelly Phillips - kellyphillips@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL The Russellville Panthers charge onto the field Friday night to open the 2016 season against the Trigg County Wildcats. The Panthers blanked the visitors 41-0.


Russellville Senior Johnny Drumgole pushes through the Wildcat defense to gain extra yards on the play. Drumgole rushed for 128 yards with one touchdown.


TK Hampton drags down a Trigg County runner early in the game. The Panther defense held the Wildcats to zero points in the 41-0 blowout.


The Russellville defense held Trigg County to 91 total rushing yards on the night. TK Hampton made several tackles during the contest.


Johnny Drumgole breaks a tackle on Friday night at Rhea Stadium.


The stands were packed on Friday night at Rhea Stadium for the season opener against Trigg County.


Junior Devan Quarles tries to shake off a Trigg County defender.


Sophomore Edward Barber kicks off on Friday at Rhea Stadium.


In 2015, the Russellville Panthers were only two games away from being Class A state champions. They finished out the season with an (11-3) record. Coach John Myers and the experienced Panthers hope to go even farther in 2016.

Friday was a beautiful night for football at Rhea Stadium. The fans filled the stands to watch Russellville host the Trigg County Wildcats. Kickoff was slightly delayed, but the game got underway just after the sun sank behind the scoreboard to the west. By the time the final quarter came to a close, The Panthers would help Coach Myers earn his 100th win by destroying the Wildcats 41-0.

Russellville relied on the run game to do the most damage in this first Friday night contest of the season. The Panthers piled up an impressive 359 rushing yards against Trigg County. Johnny Drumgole led the pack with 128 yards on the ground. He also ran one in for six points. The Quarterback, Jaylyn McMurry rushed for 96 yards. Edward Barber, Drumgole, MJ Jones, and Drew West each scored a rushing touchdown during the game. Myers used eight rushers total against the Wildcats. The strategy paid off. Trigg County was unable to stop the ground attack. McMurry only had six passing attempts in the game. One of those did net the team a touchdown after MJ Jones hauled in the throw and crossed the goal line. Jacolbie Mason picked off the Trigg County Quarterback for an interception and quick six points.

The defense held Trigg to 91 yards rushing and only 58 through the air. The Panthers did not allow any points.

The blowout score of 41-0 starts the Panthers out at (1-0) on the young season. Russellville will travel to Fort Campbell on Friday to face the Falcons. Last season, the Panthers won the match up 42-21.

Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL The Russellville Panthers charge onto the field Friday night to open the 2016 season against the Trigg County Wildcats. The Panthers blanked the visitors 41-0.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_football-ndl.jpgPhotos by Kelly Phillips | NDL The Russellville Panthers charge onto the field Friday night to open the 2016 season against the Trigg County Wildcats. The Panthers blanked the visitors 41-0.

Russellville Senior Johnny Drumgole pushes through the Wildcat defense to gain extra yards on the play. Drumgole rushed for 128 yards with one touchdown.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_football-ndl-2.jpgRussellville Senior Johnny Drumgole pushes through the Wildcat defense to gain extra yards on the play. Drumgole rushed for 128 yards with one touchdown.

TK Hampton drags down a Trigg County runner early in the game. The Panther defense held the Wildcats to zero points in the 41-0 blowout.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_football-ndl-4.jpgTK Hampton drags down a Trigg County runner early in the game. The Panther defense held the Wildcats to zero points in the 41-0 blowout.

The Russellville defense held Trigg County to 91 total rushing yards on the night. TK Hampton made several tackles during the contest.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_football-ndl-5.jpgThe Russellville defense held Trigg County to 91 total rushing yards on the night. TK Hampton made several tackles during the contest.

Johnny Drumgole breaks a tackle on Friday night at Rhea Stadium.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_RHS30.jpgJohnny Drumgole breaks a tackle on Friday night at Rhea Stadium.

The stands were packed on Friday night at Rhea Stadium for the season opener against Trigg County.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_RHS9.jpgThe stands were packed on Friday night at Rhea Stadium for the season opener against Trigg County.

Junior Devan Quarles tries to shake off a Trigg County defender.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_RHS15.jpgJunior Devan Quarles tries to shake off a Trigg County defender.

Sophomore Edward Barber kicks off on Friday at Rhea Stadium.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_RHS39.jpgSophomore Edward Barber kicks off on Friday at Rhea Stadium.

By Kelly Phillips

kellyphillips@civitasmedia.com

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