Panthers seek to close out region play on win streak

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer

 

Sometimes things just don’t go your way. Friday night was one of those times for the French Camp Academy football team.

“They played really well and we didn’t,” said FCA head coach Nathan Wright of his Panthers’ crucial 50-21 Region 3-1A loss to homestanding Pelahatchie. “We had a lot of guys we were pretty beat up and lost some more to injury, but on top of that every break seemed to go their way. We forced seven fumbles and didn’t recover a one of them.”

Pelahatchie rolled to the solid win to put itself into second place in the region with a 6-2 overall record and 5-1 mark inside the region with only games against West Oktibbeha and East Oktibbeha remaining. Noxapater is undefeated at 5-0 in region play.

As for FCA, the Panthers fell to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in league play, with Region 3-1A games left at Ethel on Friday, at home against Nanih Waiya on Nov. 1 and at Sebastopol on Nov. 8.

While French Camp’s chances of finishing in the top two in the region and earning a home game in the first round of the MHSAA Class 1A State Playoffs were damaged with the loss to the Chiefs, Wright said his team now needs to just focus on taking care of business and qualifying for the postseason.

“The main thing is to take care of things on Friday night against Ethel,” he said. “We are just trying to get things back together so maybe we can qualify for the playoffs and then see what we can do.”

Tony Beeman hit on 10-of-17 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 63 more yards on nine carries to lead the Pelahatchie offensive attack, while Woody Winters rushed for 142 yards on 21 attempts and Desmond McGee had three catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Erving rushed for 118 yards on 12 carries to lead FCA, scoring on a 26-yard run in the first quarter and a 58-yard run in the second quarter. French Camp’s other touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Hosket in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries for the Panthers, while completing 2-of-11 passes for 18 yards. Aaron Witt had five rushed for 49 yards and one catch for 20 yards.

Corrie Witt and David Pendleton had 14 tackles each to lead the Panthers, while Hosket and Daniel Hughes recorded 12 each. Cortez Johnson was in on 10 stops, while Javonte McAdory had nine.