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Panther football team raises their helmets in celebration after the win. Starr’s Mill used a dominant offense and a lockdown defense to defeat Fayette County 49-7 en route to winning their fourth-straight region championship.

Gameday Takeaways, Week 10

Three notes after historic victory

November 13, 2019

Last week, the Panthers returned home to Panther stadium to take on the 2-7 Fayette County High School Tigers. A dominant offense mixed in with a lock-down defense allowed the Panthers to win 49-7. Here are three notes from the contest.

  1. History has been made

This win gives the Panthers their historic fourth-straight region championship. It also ties them with Sandy Creek for the most overall region championships in county history. 

Starr’s Mill has worked hard for this, and despite an early region loss to Jonesboro, the team battled back, winning two close battles against Griffin and Riverdale to retake control of the region and ultimately raised the trophy high in the end.

  1. Second 1,000-yard season for Sims

Senior Kalen Sims has had a solid last two seasons with the team. His last regular season game saw him rush for 100 yards and a touchdown. 

However, his performance also gave him his second consecutive season of 1,000 or more rushing yards. Despite his slow start through the first four games, Sims rallied and proved that he is one of the best backs in the region, using an amazing offensive line to his advantage.

“I’m grateful for another 1,000 plus yard season,” Sims said. “I give all the credit to my offensive line and the coaching staff, because if it wasn’t for them, I would have none of those 1,000 yards.”

  1. Team proved how deep they can be

This win over the Tigers saw something that no one has seen this season for the Panther offense — seven touchdowns scored by seven different players.

Stats like this prove that the team has a valuable future with multiple young players that have proven to be bright spots on the offense, including sophomore Brandon Mathis. 

Mathis ran for 252 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns as the third back in a stacked rotation. Look for him to take over as the lead back next year, and look for a breakout.

What to watch for this week

The state playoffs start this Friday, and the Panthers drew the Harris County High School Tigers, the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAAA. 

Of course, we all know what happened last year in the first round. However, the Panthers learned from that loss that they should never take an opponent for granted, so look for this team to fire on all cylinders and move on to the second round.

Starr’s Mill takes the field this Friday in Panther Stadium against Harris County. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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    Scott BarkleyNov 13, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I bet there is not a HS Football team in the state that gets the comprehensive coverage our Panthers do from the Prowler sports staff! 🐾