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LOGANSPORT — Sterlington broke up a close game shortly before halftime on its way to a 43-7 season-opening victory over Logansport on Friday night.

After starting the game with two scoreless possessions, the Panthers opened the scoring when a fumbled punt caromed out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

Sterlington cashed in on favorable field position after the free kick, driving 42 yards on nine plays. Fullback Jordan Townsend crashed in from a yard out to make it 9-0 with 43 seconds left in the opening frame.

Following an empty possession by the Tigers, Jacob Green’s 25-yard field goal stretched the visitors lead to 12-0.

Logansport then embarked on an impressive 12-play, 80-yard drive. Key’Savalyn Barnes’ 13-yard run narrowed the deficit to 12-7 with 6:50 to play in the half.

Sterlington answered with a nine-play, 50-yard march, which culminated with Townsend’s second one-yard run, to go up 19-7.

Logansport’s offense was back on the field for only one play as the Panthers recovered a fumble at the plus-25.

Immediately cashing in on the turnover, Hayes Crockett threw to Layton Rainbolt for the Panthers’ second touchdown in a 16-second span. Green’s PAT widened the spread to 26-7, 3:03 before halftime.

Green converted all five extra point attempts and made 2-of-3 field goal tries, including a career-long 42-yarder to start the second half scoring.

Dallas Reagor’s two-yard plunge and Zach Crain’s five-yard run enabled the Panthers to carry a commanding 43-7 bulge into the final period.

Led by Reagor with 168 yards on 19 carries, the Panthers amassed 372 yards on the ground while out-gaining the Tigers 416-175. Sophomore J’Keldrick Miller provided a spark off the bench with five carries for 70 yards, highlighted by a 24-yard pickup.

Cole Jones tallied a dozen tackles, including two for negative yardage, as the Panthers snapped Logansport's 32-game regular season winning streak.

Home for their next two, the Panthers take on District 2-1A powers Ouachita Christian (Friday, Sept. 13) and Oak Grove (Sept. 20)

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By the Numbers

SHS …..……………………… LHS

18 ..…..… First downs ……….. 11

56-372 … Rushes-yards …….. 33-130

44 ……… Yards passing …….. 45

9-5-0 ….. Passes (A-C-I) …….. 13-6-0

2-47.5 … Punts-avg. …………. 6-32.5

3-1 …….. Fumbles-lost ………. 4-1

7-65 …… Penalties-yards ……. 14-104

SCORING SUMMARY

Sterlington …… 9  17  17  0 — 43

Logansport ……0…7….0  0—7

FIRST QUARTER

S — Safety, 4:00

S — Jordan Townsend 1-run (Jacob Green kick), 0:43

SECOND QUARTER

S — Green 25-FG, 9:29

L — Key’Savalyn Barnes 13-run (kick good), 6:50

S — Townsend 1-run (Green kick), 3:19

S — Layton Rainbolt 25-pass from Hayes Crockett (Green kick), 3:30

THIRD QUARTER

S — Green 42-FG, 6:06

S — Dallas Reagor 2-run (Green kick), 2:46

S — Zach Crain 5-run (Green kick), 0:14

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING — Sterlington: Dallas Reagor 19-168, J’Keldrick Miller 5-70, Crain 8-61-1, Townsend 11-51-1. Logansport: Xavier Simpson 14-70, Barnes 9-67-1.

PASSING — Sterlington: Crockett 9-5-0-44-0. Logansport: Jace Shoalmire 13-6-0-41-0.

RECEIVING — Sterlington: Rainbolt 4-46-1. Logansport: Patrick Mims 3-14, Barnes 1-16, Justin Contaro 1-11.

 

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