Panthers hold Noxubee for Third Division win

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Oct. 15 – AMORY – It was an expected catfight between these two 4-3A Division powerhouses.

The Panthers dominated in the first half, scoring on all four possessions, and held off Noxubee defensively in the second to claim a 38-22 victory.

“Jatarian (Ware) and his teammates did a really good job of executing in that first half,” Amory coach Brooks Dampeer said. “We kept an eye on what they were going to do, and we let that dictate what we would do offensively.”

Ware and Charleston French led a long drive for the Panthers on their first possession of the game. Ware capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Smith.

The Tigers responded after a pass interference call on Amory put them in the red zone. Lamar Stewart took the opportunity, finding Jaylon King on a 16-yard touchdown pass and taking an 8-7 lead on the two-point conversion.

Ware helped the Panthers take a 21-8 second lead with a one-yard run and 30-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Randle shortly after. Amory scored again later in the second on a 5-yard run from Randle to go up 28-8 at halftime.

It was a defensive battle in the third, but Noxubee broke through for a one-yard touchdown by Stewart to cut the deficit to 28-16. Dylan Thompson drilled a 37-yard field goal to extend Amory’s lead in the fourth, and Ware capitalized on Ryan Alsup’s fumble recovery with a 17-yard strike to Cameron Haynes to freeze the game.

“We planned the game all week and stuck with it,” Ware said. “On that last touchdown, I trusted Cam (Haynes) to make that play because he’s my No. 1 target.”

Bonus Points

Point Man: Jatarian Ware finished with 144 passing yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Turning point: Amory’s Tyree Neely stopped Noxubee’s momentum in the third with a recovered fumble.

Talking point: “We tried to put the ball game aside in the second half, but Noxubee came out shooting. Luckily, we have faith in all of our guys, and a quarterback and receivers who stepped in in the great times.” — Brooks Dampeer, Amory Head Coach

Remarks

—The Panthers defense picked up three fumbles and an interception in the win.

— Amory senior Ryan Alsup came away with a pair of sacks and a fumble recovered in the fourth.

—Amory will have a week off next Friday, while Noxubee will host Nettleton.

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