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Paris – After the first two games of the season, North Lamar head football coach Tommy Felty knew some changes had to be made. The Panthers’ defense had given up a total of 802 yards combined in the two games. Prior to the Homecoming game on Friday night, Felty decided to move some things around on defense. Jonathan Edwards and Hunter Reeves were moved from the linebacker position to defensive ends. As a matter of fact, the Panther’s didn’t start a Senior on the defensive side of the ball for Homecoming.
Whether it was the defensive changes Felty made or the extra work throughout the week on focusing and conditioning it paid off as the Panthers defeated Canton 27-7. Reeves and Edwards both recorded a sack in the game, as did Kameron Avery and Colton Wise. The entire Panthers’ defense deserves the credit, though. All night long, they suffocated the Eagles offensive attack.
“[The Defense] played hard and they played good,” coach Felty said after the win. “We only gave up seven points and we can live with that.”
The Panthers’ gave up 197 yards in the air to Canton, but they caused them to have negative yards on the ground. The Eagles had negative 11 yards rushing. Canton relied heavily on the passing game as they threw the ball 30 times. North Lamar allowed a 13 yard touchdown pass from Hunter Moore to Brad Wiggins in the second quarter and that’s it.
The Panthers offense wasn’t to be out-shined by the defense though as they came up with some big plays of their own. Tory Smith took a handoff from Jacob Cowling and scampered 64 yards down the sideline all the way to the end zone for the second score of the game. It was part of Smith’s 163 yards rushing on the night.
Cowling also got his first passing touchdown of the season as he hit Samaki Walker for a 31 yard pass down the sideline. The play was aided by the Canton defender falling to the ground as he was trying to defend. With the win, the Panthers are now 1-2 on the season as they travel to New Boston next Friday.
By: Greg Higgins; eParisExtra