High School Sports

Athens Drives handles Panther Creek, 49-25

Posted October 25, 2008

RALEIGH — Athens Drive accumulated almost 500-yards in total offense Friday, on their way to a 49-25 victory over conference foe Panther Creek.

The Jaguars opened up the first quarter with a 7-0 lead when Ross Snotherly connected with Philip Barren for a 43-yard touchdown pass. Tanner Cannon added the point-after.

Moments later, Panther Creek's Denver Davis hit a 26-yard field goal to pull Panther Creek within four-points, but that was as close as they would get.

Barren caught another pass from Ross Snotherly, this time for a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter, then Kyree Green ran from 14-yards out later in the quarter to put Athens on top 20-3. Cannon hit the first point-after, but missed the extra-point following Green's touchdown run.

Athens outscored Panther Creek 15-0 in the second quarter. Darius Williams and Ross Snotherly both ran for 5-yard touchdowns in the quarter. Cannon hit one extra-point, but the Jaguars also converted a two-point conversion.

Athens Drive led 35-3 at the break.

Panther Creek started to make up ground in the third quarter.

Gray Mazzone returned the opening kickoff 88-yards for a touchdown. Panther Creek had cut Athens' lead to 25-points.

Athens wasn't going to let Panther Creek get too close, though. Williams took a 65-yard pass from Ross Snotherly to the house, and Athens extended their lead to 42-10.

Barren ran for Athens' last touchdown in the fourth quarter to get the Jags to 49-points, but Panther Creek scored an additional 15-points before the game ended.

Zack Miller scored on a 6-yard pass from C.J. Liley in the third quarter, and Liley found Graham Love open for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Athens Drive keeps playoff hopes alive, advancing to 3-6 on the season, including a 3-2 mark in the Tri-Eight Conference. Cary is also 3-2 in the Tri-Eight, but Athens owns the tie-breaker over the Imps for third place after beating Cary 37-27 on Oct. 3.

Panther Creek falls to 2-7 overall and 2-3 in the Tri-Eight Conference. The Catamounts are tied with Middle Creek for fifth place in the conference, and they will play host to Cary on Halloween before traveling to Middle Creek on Nov. 7.


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