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9/7/06

Sports Spotter Report: Spring Hill Panthers

Spring Hill Panthers Report

Lindale 34, Spring Hill 14

Next game: Spring Hill vs. Daingerfield @ SH- 7:30

Spring Hill came into Friday night's game as a slight favorite against Lindale, mainly because of returning senior DeMikel Shankle. Last year he injured his left knee, tearing his ACL in the third game of the season against Whitehouse. And after missing the rest of the season and much rehab, Shankle stepped back on the field Friday night for the first time, expecting to make a statement for Spring Hill. Shankle did lead the Panthers with 13 carries for 76 yards, 28 coming off a fake punt run. But on Friday the show belonged to Lindale Quarterback Lucas Shipman. The 5-9, 140 pound quarterback accounted for 349 of Lindale's 521 yards of total offense, leading the Eagles to a 34-14 season-opening victory over Spring Hill. Spring Hill finished with 316 yards of total offense. Chris Lee got the starting job over Michael Secord, last year's starter. Lee was 8-of-23 for 86 yards. Lee did score once on a 1-yard sneak.

In the third quarter of the game DeMikel Shankle walked off the field, feeling pain in his right knee. Later that night Shankle underwent an MRI that showed a slight tear in his ACL. Shankle could play as soon as Sept. 29 against Winnsboro, but will likely play it safe and come back when district play starts Oct. 13 against cross-town rival White Oak. One of the advantages Spring Hill does have is depth at tailback. Junior Cody Hendricks will likely take most of the starting time at tailback while Shankle is out. Hendricks replaced Shankle, while he was injured the last 7 games of the season, so he does have the experience needed to maintain a strong running game for Spring Hill. Backing up Hendricks will be Sophomore Jake Fudge, who, in the fourth quarter busted right up the middle of the Lindale defense untouched for a 57-yard touchdown.

This week Spring Hill hosts Daingerfield, who lost last week to Class 2A top-ranked Tatum 40-21. Daingerfield's biggest problem against Tatum was their turnovers. They put the ball on the ground 5 times and lost it twice. In all, the Tigers had 3 turnovers in the game. Penalties also plagued the Tigers, as they suffered 13 penalties for 100 yards. Daingerfield will run the same offense that the Panthers saw last week against Lindale, a spread offense with a talented quarterback. To adjust to the speed of the spread offense that accumulated 521 yards against Spring Hill last week, the Panthers will use the 3-4 defense instead of their traditional 4-3. This will hopefully slow down and create problems for the high-powered Daingerfield offense. Game time is set for 7:30 Friday at Panther Stadium.

By Matt Trammel- Spring Hill High School

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