By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The French Camp Panthers keep their winning streak alive.
The Panthers hosted the Montgomery County Hornets of Kilmichael last Friday night and took a 53-0 shutout win. This is the sixth consecutive win for French Camp and fifth time this season the Panthers have kept their opponent scoreless.
French Camp gave an all around team effort in their big win against the Hornets. The Panthers overwhelmed Montgomery County on both sides of ball and finished the game with the French Camp reserves catching some gridiron action.
The Panther offense was alive and full force in the first quarter scoring five touchdowns.
Senior Ben Hosket started the Panther scoring. Hosket blocked a Hornet punt and returned it 15 yards for the touchdown. French Camp had an early 6-0 lead.
Later, junior quarterback Jesse Hosket found Hagan Box with a 30-yard pass for a touchdown. Junior kicker Sam Gould added the extra point. Trusting his arm, Jesse Hosket connected with Ben Hosket with a 25- yard pass increasing the Panther advantage, 19-0.
On French Camp’s next possession, Jesse Hosket made a 20-yard pass to an open Lovondra Carter for another French Camp touchdown. Gould added the extra point.
The final Panther touchdown in the first quarter was another pass from Jesse Hosket. Hosket connected with Carter again this time with an 11-yard pass.
French Camp took a 32-0 lead into the next quarter.
In the second quarter, the Panthers’ running game stepped up with senior running back Jaylon Clemons leading the way.
Clemons made a 58-yard dash to the end zone early in the second quarter. Then, Clemons capped the first half scoring with a 64-yard touchdown run.
Gould added both extra points, and the Panthers had a 46-0 lead at halftime.
Junior Daniel Hughes added the final French Camp touchdown in the third quarter. Hughes dodged Hornet defenders 33 yards on a run to the end zone.
The Panthers collected a total of 367 offensive yards with 216 rushing and 151 passing yards.
French Camp claims the top spot in Class 1A, Region 2, District 3 standings and will likely take the first seed in their division.
On the offensive side of the ball, Clemons led with three carries for 157 yards with two touchdowns. Hughes followed with two carries for 45 yards with a touchdown. Sam Howard had two carries for 20 yards.
Jesse Hosket was 8-11 through the air for 146 yards with four touchdowns. Freshman backup quarterback Luke McKnight was 2-3 for five yards. Box had two receptions for 43 yards with one touchdown. Hunter McKnight had four receptions for 36 yards. Carter had two receptions for 31 yards with two touchdowns while Ben Hosket had one touchdown reception for 25 yards. Harrison Hilliard had one reception for 16 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cortez Johnson led with six stops. Ben Hosket, Haven McCaleb, Douglas Hughes and Matthew Castle had five stops each.
Douglas Hughes led in sacks stacking up three, while Johnson and Daniel Hughes had one sack each. Box had one interception, while Ben Hosket had one blocked punt, which was returned for a touchdown, and Castle had one fumble recovery.
French Camp will face the Durant Tigers for their final regular season matchup this Friday night before prepping for playoff action. The Panthers now boast a 7-2 overall record and are 6-0 in district play.
Durant (3-5,2-3) is coming off an open week and recently defeated Montgomery County, 30-12.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Durant.