Chapel Hill-28, SH-3
Spring Hill vs. Winnsboro @ 7:30
Friday night the Panthers went to Chapel Hill missing three running backs. Demikel Shankle, Cody Hendricks, and Jake Fudge were all out with injuries. Spring Hill Coach Robert Bero decided to give the starting job to Max Garcia, one of the outside linebackers and backup fullbacks. Garcia led the Panthers rushing attack with 106 yards on 27 carries, despite fumbling the football twice in the red zone. Chapel Hill's Jaraylous Lydia rushed for 166 yards and scored twice in leading the bulldogs to a 28-3 victory. Chapel Hill evened its season record at (2-2) also snapping the Panthers two-game win streak, evening them at (2-2). The Panthers turned the ball over 5 times. Three fumbles, two by Garcia and one on a muffed punt by Jacob LeTourneau, and 2 interceptions, one by Chris Lee and one by Michael Secord. The Panthers' Lee finished the game 4-of-13 for 43 yards with one interception. LeTourneau was the Panthers' top receiver with four receptions for 40 yards. He also had four kickoff returns totaling 93 yards. Spring Hill finished with 213 yards, but was out gained by Chapel Hill who had 308 yards.
Spring Hill will be at home this week against Winnsboro for their final non-district game before their bye week. This is also Spring Hill's homecoming game at Panther Stadium. Winnsboro (3-1) is coming off an impressive win over Mount Vernon last week, beating them 30-7. Spring Hill's Demikel Shankle will likely play, but will have limited time, most coming on defense. When Shankle does return at full strength, he expected to start at receiver, to lessen the possibility of injury that the running back position might have. Jake Fudge, who broke his hand and had surgery this past week, will not play Friday, but could return by the time district opens against cross-town rival White Oak on October 18. Because of the lack of experience at running back the Panthers will likely play a lot more spread on offense, using 4- and 5-receiver shotgun formations, heavily relying on their passing game. The Panthers' homecoming game is set for 7:30 p.m. @ Panther Stadium; pre-game festivities will begin at 7:00.
By Matt Trammel