Geneva’s Successful Season Comes to An End

Geneva traveled to Mobile on Friday night to take on the Mobile Christian Leopards for the first round of the playoffs.

Captains for Geneva: Clayton Hall #62, Kahari McReynolds #1, and Dylan Creech #3

To start off the game Geneva won the coin toss and would elect to kick, which would allow Mobile Christian to receive. The first quarter would be all Leopards. After receiving the kickoff, Mobile would only take one minute off the clock before they would throw a screen to the left side and would take it into the end-zone for a touchdown. Extra point would be good. Geneva would try to answer back after receiving the following kick and try to get some momentum built on offense but Mobile Christian would stop the Panthers and would get the ball back. The Leopards would line up on offense and with 5:38 left in the first quarter Mobile Christian would run it in for a 3 yard touchdown. Mobile Christian would score one more time in the first quarter making it 21-0 going into the second quarter.

Kahari McReynolds taking it to the endzone

Most of the second quarter would be quite until with 3:02 left in the half the Leopards would take the hand-off and run it in to increase their lead to 28-0 over Geneva. Below 2 minutes Geneva would finally be able to get on board after Kahari McReynolds would take it 66 yards for a touchdown. 2 point conversion would be no good. Geneva would kick off after the touchdown and Mobile Christian would run it back for a kick return giving them a 35-6 lead over Geneva going into the half.

Dylan Creech bouncing to the outside to get into the end-zone

The Panthers would receive the ball to start the second half but could not get anything going. Mobile Christian would get the ball back and would get the hand-off to get into the end-zone to increase their lead to 42-6. Geneva would start to get some momentum built up and Dylan Creech would take the hand-off, shed off a couple of Leopards, and would get into the end-zone for a touchdown. Damion Kemmerlin would call his own number and would be able to get the 2 point conversion. Mobile Christian would go into the fourth quarter with a 42-14 lead over Geneva.

Damion Kemmerlin calling his own number

The Panthers momentum would carry into the fourth quarter. After stopping the Leopards on downs, Geneva would drive down field to get on the Leopards’ side of the field. Damion Kemmerlin would then call his own number and would run it in for a touchdown with 10:44 left in the game. 2 point conversion would be no good. Mobile Christian would later answer back with a touchdown to make it 49-20 with 7:22 left on the clock. Geneva would not quit, with 4:40 left in the game, Dylan Creech would take the hand-off and run it in for another touchdown. 2 point would be good. The Panthers went for an onside kick and would recover! Geneva kept fighting. Damion Kemmerlin would drop back to pass with 2:02 left on the clock and would throw it up in the end-zone and Kahari McReynolds would leap to catch it and would make sure to keep one foot in to make it another touchdown for Geneva. 2 point conversion would be good. Once again, Geneva would try the onside kick but this time the Leopards would recover and run the time out. Mobile Christian defeated Geneva 49-36 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Geneva’s season would come to an end after having an 8-2 regular season record and making it to the first round of the playoffs.

PSN is very proud of this team and what they have accomplished.

As always…… GO PANTHERS!

Panther Football: a very brief and very abridged history

Michael “sure I will do the article” Crews

As you all probably know, this year the Geneva High School Panther football team have made it to the first round of the state playoffs! This is first playoff appearance in the Coach Sanders era, and I thought it would be nice to write an article detailing our “Road to the Playoffs” and to mark this milestone in this coaching regime. I asked Coach Michael Crews to write this article about a week ago…but of course he hasn’t *sigh* so I’m going to publicly shame him with a somewhat less than flattering photo.

Anyway, having planned on Crews letting himself, me, PSN, and everyone else down, I had been doing my own research and was preparing to write the article myself, when I found a website just loaded with all sorts of statistics and records and other kinds of juicy football tidbits: The Alabama High School Football Historical Society.  I looked up Geneva High School, and found it very interesting to say the least, and thought I’d share some of the items I discovered that relate to Geneva Panther football.

The Geneva High School football team first took the field in 1922, and according to the website they played three games that year and ended in a 0-2-1 season, with loses to Walton County Florida and Red Level, and tying with Elba. The coach that year was listed as “unknown” so if anyone has any further information let us know and I will pass it along to the website owner. Also it is noteworthy to mention that the centennial celebration of Geneva High School football is just a couple of years away! PSN will have to plan something BIG huh?!?!

The first recorded coach on the website was Herst Mauldin in 1925. Coach Mauldin finished with a 5-2-1 winning record for the season outscoring his opponents 67-20 that year. Geneva would keep a season winning record for 5 straight years, until 1930 when they went 3-5-1 under the leadership of Coach Bully Hitchcock, who then was in his 4th season as the Panther head coach. Notable games that year was a 0-32 trouncing by Samson, a 0-27 loss to Dothan, and a 79-0 victory over Headland, which currently still holds the record for the most points scored in a game by the Panthers.  Just two years after that record setting game, Geneva was demolished by Opp 0-92 to set the record for an opponents’ greatest margin of victory, and also for most points allowed in a game. Let’s hope that last record isn’t broken any time soon!

Geneva’s overall record is 470-450-29, so just over a 50% winning record, but the Region/Area overall record is 120-122, so it also hovers around the 50% mark, though not on the side we would prefer. Geneva has had 81 All state players, and only 1 NFL player, Mr. Siran Stacy.

Geneva’s record against its in county rivals include the longest running Rivalry against Slocomb at 82 games with Geneva winning 50 of those and Slocomb winning 29, with 3 ties between them.

Geneva vs Geneva County shows Geneva leading 41-34-2 overall, and Geneva vs Samson coming in at 47-16-2, giving the Geneva Panthers an all time win record over all three in-county rivals.

Other more recent records are the last time Geneva shutout an opponent, when the Panthers defeated Samson 16-0 on September  21st 2018, and the last time Geneva was shutout, which also occurred in September 2018 with a 0-41 loss to Providence Christian.

Geneva High Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Les Sanders

This year marks Coach Les Sanders’ fifth year at the helm of the Geneva football program, and over his five year tenure he has a 26-23 overall record, and a 14-20 Region Record.

This will be the Panthers’ first trip to the State Playoffs since 2014 where they went to the second round under head Coach Donnie Chesteen where they lost 6-34 against Dale County. Their first round playoff that year was against Aliceville, and the panthers won that game 17-14. Coach Chesteen was the GHS head coach from 1985-1987 and again from 2012-2014. Coach Sanders directly followed him.

Former GHS Head Coach and current Senator, Donnie Chesteen

Thank you to everyone that purchased PSN merchandise!

Thank you everyone…and be sure to wear your PSN swag next week as we head into our trip to Mobile, and the GHS first trip to the playoffs in years!

Our presale is now over, and Derek at Cotton’s Printing will be getting all of that swag ready as soon as possible! If you wanted something and missed your opportunity, you’ll have to contact Cottons’ Printing directly to get anything in for this order.

If you want a short sleeve t-shirt, we do have those and you can buy them directly from any PSN member or at the GHS board office.

PSN Go Fund Me Campaign??

Why does PSN have a Go Fund Me Campaign?

That is an excellent question! And, just to give everyone some background on the equipment, what it is for, why we want it, etc, here is the scoop.

Since PSN started, we have been expanding in leaps and bounds. We started with one camera and one tripod, and the other geeky bits needed to get the video from the camera to magically stream out to the internet and into your phone, computer, or smart TV. Though it was about the most basic setup you can have and still live-stream video, it worked great and we used this setup for most of our first season on the air.

But, nothing that stays the same ever grows, and we wanted to grow rather than stagnate. So, last year we got the idea of adding multiple camera views. You know, just like you see on other sports networks (ESPN doesn’t only use one camera per game, ya know?), including having wireless sideline cameras covering the awesome award winning “in your face” shots.

So we checked into how to do this…EXPENSIVE! The least expensive video switcher we would find was $1000.

That is a lot of cheese! And this was just for the magic box (shown above) that lets you switch from one camera to another, and did NOT even include the actual wireless HDMI camera equipment like the big boys use. But we DID find a reasonably priced $300 wireless HDMI video transmitter and receiver that looked like it just might work AND save $700 or more!

PERFECT!

We tried to take the “duct tape and bailing wire” engineering approach along with some good old country boy enthusiasm and make this cheaper wireless video option work! We will strap the transmitter onto a camera with some zip ties, attach this wad to a camera tripod, power it up with a cheap phone charging battery pack and *BAM* we are in business! In your face, Mr. & Mrs. $1000 professional wireless video thingie-do manufactures!

WRONG!

Well, partly wrong anyway. It worked perfectly fine for transmitting and receiving wireless video on a television or screen.

These were reasonably priced, but did not work for a wireless sideline camera. *sad face*

But the wireless HDMI transmitter and receiver we thought just might work as a low budget solution (shown here to the left) apparently didn’t work with the video specifications of our video switcher, and so it wouldn’t allow us to get the wireless video into our internet stream*.

Wow, who knew? Anyone that knows how to work on computers, is supposed to know everything about anything electrical or technical right? Well, sometimes things just don’t quite work out.

But, even though this wireless HDMI equipment didn’t work as we intended, it wasn’t purchased in vain! We have experimented with it to give video to the concession stand at softball and baseball, and we also used it once this year to do the same thing for the football concession stand on the home-side as well. (We are hoping to get the concession stand workers addicted to it and then get free food for the PSN crew in return…but we’re still working on that, so stay tuned right here for updates!)

Any way, the video switcher we originally purchased for wireless camera additions certainly wasn’t wasted either, and we have used it in just about every broadcast since then. If you’ve watched any sporting events on PSN in the last year, and have seen the view switch from one camera angle to another, well that’s the magic video switching box in use. It is pretty awesome, and with it we have been able to have a total of up to four camera views , or as we have been using it for the last two football games, for 3 cameras and the 4th video input is used for that awesome PSNstant Replay that Mr. Kevin Zheng developed (in your FACE Mr. $3500 instant replay equipment maker! This time the cheap duct tape and bailing wire method DID pay off! Instant replay for a total of about $50 in parts and pieces!)

So…the low-budget, piecemealed wireless sideline cameras didn’t work as planned. Which is why you don’t see any PSN cameras on the sidelines (YET!), and why, as a PSN viewer, you don’t see any receivers running towards the camera, or quarterbacks throwing the balls right into your living room.

But…we haven’t given up!

Isn’t this a beast!?!

This is why we want the current video camera and wireless video transmitter for which we are now trying to raise money. The camera is professional quality, and isn’t the $200 home level “little Susie has a ballerina recital” cameras we currently use. It is a real, live, professional quality 4K high definition slap-yo-mama and get out of town broadcasting camera. Heck, it even has the word “Professional” in the name!

We have also thrown in the towel of trying to make something work that wasn’t designed for wireless camera usage. Now that order has been restored to the universe and computer man has more thoroughly read up on wireless video transmission and video specifications in general, we think we know what we need. And unfortunately it is the real deal, “costs quite a bit” wireless video transmission system.

Turns out that sometimes you just can’t rig up something, and you just have to spend the money and buy a tool or item or piece or part that seems to be overpriced, but that is also unfortunately about the only option if you would like to accomplish your objectives.

Our objective now is to add sideline video, like we wanted to do a year or so ago, but which didn’t quite work out.

We have very AWESOME platinum sponsors that have selflessly funded PSN: Gilstrap Drugs, Bynum’s Heating & Cooling, Mrs. Melanie Garner State Farm, and Marvin Salter Construction .

And we thank you all every day

We have very AWESOME platinum sponsors that have selflessly funded PSN: Gilstrap Drugs, Bynum’s Heating & Cooling, Mrs. Melanie Garner State Farm, and Marvin Salter Construction. These wonderful sponsors make it possible for us to purchase spare equipment, maintain our existing equipment, to replace broken equipment (like the $200 headset that just died), and to afford to cover as many events as possible. But, we WANT to add this new equipment and the features it brings…we don’t necessarily NEED to add it…so emptying out the PSN coffers to add this new gear wouldn’t be quite prudent.

This is what we are trying to get. For $3000.

Which brings us back to our Go Fund Me campaign. We would dearly love to add this equipment, because we would dearly love to add another new dimension to our broadcasts and show you better views: views that are in the heart of the action, right on the sidelines, on the side of the court, in the dugout, or next to the stage. So we are asking for help doing that. You can purchase a Geneva High School graduation DVD that we have available. Or purchase a Mulkey Graduation DVD. But at $30 each you’ll need to buy 100 of them. Or you could also be an event sponsor. We would only need 30 of those!

Or, just make a small (or large!) donation to our GoFundMe campaign.

And when we have reached our goal, just sit back and watch what you’ve helped us do!

  • *For the geeks that just have to know… here in a nutshell is why the cheaper wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver pair wouldn’t work with our video switcher. The input on our video switcher has to be 1080p/59.94, but the wireless receiver’s HDMI output was 1080p/60. The specs of the new device (in graphic below), support both, as well as a myriad of other specs should we need some adaptability in the future.
Some geeky stuff about video specifications.

Volleyball: Beginning of Season Until Now

Geneva opened the season by going 2-2 at the Kingston Amelia Rhoades Tournamnet on August 24th. In pool play, the Panthers beat New Brockton 26-24, 26-24 and Zion Chapel 25-18, 25-22 and lost to Kinston 25-13, 25-18. They lost in the semifinals to Opp 25-18, 25-19.

Geneva improved to 4-2 on the season, downing Goshen on Monday, August 26th home 18-25, 27-29, 19-25, and Samson on Tuesday, August 27th on the road, 25-16, 25-18, 25-21.

Daydee Holt has five aces, five kills, and five digs, Chloe Nance had seven kills and five assists and Madison Johnson three aces, four kills and 12 assists. Emma Griffin had the team highs of nine kills and 10 digs. Addyson Martin and Shelby Hammock both had four kills and Hammock also had three digs. Pazley Lamb had three aces and Six digs and Camryn Sanders has two kills.

Since then, the Panthers are now 4-3 by losing to Houston Academy on September 5th in Dothan. Geneva’s rough day started from its opening serve, which went into the net. Two straight Panther hitting errors on kill attempts – one going long out of bounds, the other out of bounds on the side – gave HA a quick 3-0 lead. The Panthers closed to 12-7 off a couple of HA errors, but the Raiders ripped off 13 straight points to finish it out 25-7.

Daydee Holt’s serve

Houston Academy grabbed a quick 2-0 lead to start the second set with Nelson earning an ace on one of the points. The Raiders extended the margin to 5-1, but Geneva, in one of its better spurts on the day, came back to tie it at 6-6. An ace by Daydee Holt and a nicely placed two-hand touch shot to HA’s back end by Addyson Martin sparked Geneva.

Madison Johnson led Geneva with four assists and three kills and Chloe Nance had four kills and two assists. Emma Griffin had two kills and Holt had the lone ace. Houston Academy ended up winning in three sets, 25-7, 25-10, 25-9. 

The Panthers play Straughn next on Tuesday, September 10th at 4:00pm in Geneva.