Nine wins in nine games. The Russellville Panthers continue to roll through each team they line up against under the lights of Friday night. The Panthers are loose and having tremendous fun on the field. On Friday at Rhea Stadium in Russellville, The Panther sideline danced to the stadium music in between plays. There is very little pressure on this team as they gear up for the most anticipated game of the season this Friday. Franklin-Simpson will bring their undefeated football Wildcats to Russellville to offer up the first real challenge of the season for Coach Myers and his team.
District 1 opponent Crittenden County came to play with the Panthers on Friday. The Rockets did not enjoy the visit. The (4-6) Crittenden County Rockets did manage to score on the Panther defense. They are the first team to do so since Murray put up 14 points against them on September 23rd. The one touchdown wasn’t quite enough for the Rockets. RHS won the game 49-7.
The ground game was once again strong for Russellville. They ran for a total of 386 yards with six touchdowns. Quarterback Jaylyn McMurry added another touchdown with his only completion in four attempts. Johnny Drumgole hauled in the 39 yard pass for six points. Drumgole had a big game on the ground as well. He rushed for 142 yards and two scores in addition to his catch for a touchdown. MJ Jones steamrolled the Rocket defense for two touchdowns on the ground. Damon Hales and Jacolbie Mason each had a touchdown during the win. Milam Watkins kicked six extra points. Hunter McDowell also booted one through for a point.
The Panther defense held Crittenden County to only 44 yards rushing. They allowed 176 yards through the air. TK Hampton recovered a fumble and gained 35 yards on the play. Jacolbie Mason and Jacob Naylor each snagged an interception.
Friday night should be interesting at Rhea Stadium. The Panthers have relied on the ground attack all year. They gained over 300 yards on the ground in seven out of nine games this season. The Wildcats have not allowed any team to dominate on the ground this year. Before facing Warren East on Friday, Franklin-Simpson had only allowed 187 rushing yards in all of 2016.