Panthers Pull Out the Win At The Buzzer

On Friday, November 22, 2019, Geneva hosts the Thanksgiving tournament. The teams included in the tournament are Geneva, Geneva County, Wicksburg, Samson, Providence, and Rehobeth and Florala. 

To start off the tournament, Geneva Boys played against Rehobeth at 9:00 am. The final score of the game  72-70

Noah Johnson with five assists one block six rebounds. Kahari Mcreynolds with 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Damion Kemmerlin with 10 points, four rebounds, one assists and one steal. Dylan Creech with 21 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Trevon Kemmerlin with 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and six steals. Kaleb King with four points, two rebounds and three assists. Avery Perry with seven points, two rebounds and four steals. Timothy McReynolds with two points and two rebounds. Ivey Lawson with two points, three rebounds and two steals. 

Their record is 1-2. 

The boys will next play on Monday, November 25, 2019. They will take on Florala at 7:00 pm.

The first game of a new season

On Friday, November 15,2019, Geneva Hosted the first game of the season against Hartford. 

Noah Johnson with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks. Kahari McReynolds with nine points, four rebounds, three assists. Damion Kemmerlin with four points, two rebounds, one assist and three steals. Dylan Creech with three points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Trevon Kemmerlin with 14 points, four rebounds, one assist. Kaleb King with nine points, one rebound, three assists and five steals and one block. Avery Perry with three points. Timothy Mcreynolds with four assists and two steals. Grant Marsh with three points three rounds. Ivey Lawson with four points, one block, six rebounds and one assist. 

Damion Kemmerlin going for a free throw.

Their next game is against Florala in Florala on Tuesday, November 19. 

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.