The Russellville Panthers beat the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats for the first time in seven years on Friday night. The Class 1A Panthers held the Class 4A Wildcats in check for most of the game at Rhea Stadium.

Coach Mikie Benton’s Panthers struck first in the opening frame. Chevis Elliott scored on a scoop and run fumble forced by the stout Panthers defense. Dustin Brown tacked on the extra point to put the home team up 7-0. Franklin put together a drive later in the 1st quarter to get on the board with six points. The extra point attempt failed.

The Cats would score again in the 2nd quarter and once again miss the extra point attempt. The two failed attempt would prove costly for the visitors.

Russellville answered later in the quarter with another touchdown. Jaquis Todd ran the ball in for another six. Brown once again put the ball through the uprights to go up 14-12. That would be the final. The Panther defense held and Chevis Elliott caught an interception late in the 4th quarter to seal the deal.

Jovari Gamble had 93 yards rushing and several big plays on defense. Lennon Ries ran 13 times for 43 yards. Jaquis Todd had 27 yards and the score.

Jackson Hampton caught two passes for 48 yards.

The Panthers (1-1) will be in action again Friday night against Somerset (2-0) at Rhea Stadium.

The Logan County Cougars got two rushing touchdowns from Maurice Gordon and a receiving score from Rooster Woodard but fell 22-21 to Greenwood on Friday. The Cougars were set to host Madisonville this Friday, but the game has been canceled.