MAGNOLIA — The Leopards limped into Magnolia Nov. 1 for the final road game of this injury plagued season with nearly as many players in street clothes as in uniform -- not the best way to take on the Panthers. Magnolia ran to a 56-7 win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Panthers are not passers. From a double slot set, they use all four backfield positions to run the ball inside and outside, all over the field. The system works well for Magnolia which has speed and depth all through the backfield. It is especially effective against inexperienced defenses like De Queen’s sophomore heavy lineup.
Magnolia scored on the first play from scrimmage, a 63 yard run by James Smith. The Leopards were down 7-0 with 13 seconds gone.
The Panthers scored twice more in the first quarter. Braelyn Beasley went 66 yards on a quarterback keeper. Javorrea Murphy ran 27 yards over left guard.
Three TD’s in the second period gave Magnolia a 42-0 lead at the half.
De Queen’s touchdown came on the first possession of the second half. Using the running of Jesus Camacho, the Leopards moved the ball inside the Magnolia five yard line. The drive seemed to stall, but Gage Woods reached the end zone on a quarterback sneak on fourth and two. Melvin Cerda kicked the PAT at 6:31 in the third.
Camacho carried the ball 22 times for 82 yards. Ireta Kelen had eight rushes for 23 yards. Yonari Lorenzen and Ishmael Cristobal each carried the ball once for 11 yards.
Woods completed four of eight passes for 54 yards. Logan Williamson had three receptions for 51 yards and Dylan Williamson one for three yards.
Dylan Williamson had five tackles, Manuel Ramirez four and Chase Pearce three.