Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 29, 2012

Panther football season ends with loss at Scott County


CROSSVILLE — The Stone Memorial Panther football team ended the season with a 26-21 setback at Scott County to finish at 2-8 overall and 0-5 in District 4AA.

The Panther defense held the Highlanders (1-9, 1-4) to one first down on their first possession and punted, with the Panthers taking over at the 37-yard line.

SMHS drove 63 yards in eight plays, with Larry  Breeden and Thomas Janow doing much of the damage on the ground. Brady Wattenbarger scored on a one-yard plunge into the end zone for his third rushing TD of the season. Patrick Garrison was good for a 7-0 advantage.

After holding the Highlanders to three plays and out, but the Panthers fumbled the ball right back to the hosts on a third and long play at the Highlander 40-yard line.

Scott County marched 60 yards in five plays to score on a Justin King eight-yard run; however, the PAT was no good, with SMHS remaining ahead 7-6 with 2:46 left in the first quarter.

SMHS took the ensuing kick and moved the ball into the end zone on several nice Larry Breeden runs, but Robinson missed a 26-yard field goal.

Another defensive stand by the Panthers forced the Highlanders to punt again.

SMHS took over at their 35-yard line and moved deep into Highlander territory, but Robinson missed a 31-yard field goal.

Scott then drove 80 yards in six plays on the arms and legs of quarterback Hunter Henry, who passed 38-yards to Kaleb Bryge for the TD. The Highlanders converted the two-point conversion for a 14-0 advantage at halftime.

After a nice return of the second-half kick by Seth Seiber to the Scott County 42-yard line, Wattenbarger connected with Brian Frye on a critical third down play to keep the drive alive.

Wattenbarger then passed 14 yards to Janow for a touchdown. Robinson's PAT tied the game at 14-14.

Scott County answered with a five-play, 73-yard scoring drive. Two long passes set up the Highlanders deep inside Panther territory.  Henry tramples 12-yards on a quarterback keeper for a 20-14 lead, but the PAT failed.

The Panthers retaliated with a 10-play, 63-yard drive, with Janow carrying the pigskin the final three plays for the touchdown, including a three-yard run, his 11th TD of the year. Robinson's PAT gave the Panthers a 21-20 lead with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter.

Scott County drove 80 yards in seven plays, capped by a Henry TD run, for a 26-21 lead. The two-point conversion failed with 10:11 left in the game.

The Panthers employed an effective, time consuming drive  to move inside the Highlander two-yard line. Scott County's defense stiffend and forced the Panthers into a fourth and goal situation.

A high snap from center sailed over the head of Wattenbarger, forcing a turnover to turn the ball over on downs to end their last scoring opportunity of the evening.

This was the final game for 13 Panther seniors — Larry Breeden, J.D. Brown, Sam Cabellero, Logan Davis, Colby Carr, Randell Evans, Matt Hillabrand, Thomas Janow, Corey Myers, Cohen Tabor, Derrick Taylor, Patrick Turner and Gordon VanHoy; three senior cheerleaders, Allison Bromfield, Whitney Padgett and Kami Idema and two senior band members, Bailey Houser and Tammara Spalding.

(Editor's note: Shane Wyatt contributed the information for this story.)