By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The French Camp Panthers gained another big win last Friday night as they routed the Ray Brooks Tigers, 52-0.
The Panthers’ win places them at the top of Class 1A, Region 2, District 3 rankings. In addition, this is the third French Camp shutout win of the season keeping the Weir Lions and McAdams Bulldogs scoreless in this years’ matchups.
The Panthers jumped on the board in the first quarter after junior quarterback Jesse Hosket punched in a keeper from one yard out. Junior kicker Sam Gould added the extra point giving French Camp a 7-0 lead.
The Panthers next possession proved to be just has successful. This time junior Hagan Box entered the end zone from the five. Gould gave French Camp the extra point.
However, the Panther offense was not finished scoring in the first quarter. Senior running back Jaylon Clemons dashed 42 yards for the touchdown. French Camp entered the second quarter with a 21-0 lead over the Tigers.
Gould got the Panther scoring started again in the second quarter with a 37-yard field goal.
Later in the second quarter, Hosket landed in the end zone once more with a 28-yard touchdown run.
With a 33-0 lead, the Panther offense continued its ground attack in the third quarter.
Box capped off a successful Panther drive diving in the end zone from one yard.
Hosket followed later in the third quarter with his third rushing touchdown during the game with a 24-yard run.
Clemons topped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with an impressive 60-yard scamper to the end zone.
Gould was 7-7 during the game providing all extra points. Between field goals and extra points, Gould has racked up 49 points for the Panthers this season and is ranked first in the state overall, including 1A-6A, for field goals. He is third overall for total scoring and 17th in the state overall for extra points. Last week, Gould was named Mississippi Gridiron’s special teams player of the week as placekicker for his outstanding performance in the Panthers win over one of the toughest 1A teams in the state, Shaw.
French Camp’s offense was not the only standout performance during the game. Panther defense made a solid stand throughout the night keeping the Ray Brooks offense at just 99 total offensive yards.
On the offensive side of the ball Clemons led the rushing attack with 11 carries on 163 yards with two touchdowns while Hosket led with eight carries on 111 yards and three touchdowns. Box had six carries on 29 yards with two touchdowns.
Hosket was 5-12 through the air on 75 yards.
Senior Lovondra Carter had three receptions for 60 yards during the game.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Ben Hosket led with 13 stops, a fumble and a sack, while Clemons and Dylan Dickey had 11 stops each. Carter had one interception.
French Camp now holds a 4-2 overall record and is undefeated in their three games of division play.
This Friday the Panthers are hitting the road to Greenville to take on the St. Joseph Fighting Irish. St. Joseph has a 5-2 overall record and is 2-1 in district play. The Fighting Irish recently defeated Winona Christian, 28-6.
Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m.