It was Homecoming in Geneva on Friday night.
The Panthers took on Houston Academy for Homecoming. Geneva would elect to receive the ball to start off the game, but could not get anything started early. Houston Academy would get the ball after causing a turnover on downs. The Raiders would take advantage of it and drive down field to punch it in for an early 7-0 lead over the Panthers. Later in the quarter Damion Kemmerlin would call his own number and would take it to the house. Geneva would get the two point conversion and go into the second quarter with an 8-6 lead.
Nothing was rolling for either team at the beginning of the second quarter. Until, with 5:50 left in the half Houston Academy’s quarterback would call his own number and run it in for a touchdown. Raiders would go for two, but was stopped by the Panthers. Geneva did not quit, Kahari McReynolds would receive the hand-off and would take it 78 yards for a Geneva touchdown. Two point conversion was no good. The Raiders were not finished, with 1:48 left in the half Houston Academy would drive down field and their quarterback would call his own number once again and would get into the end-zone to gain back the lead. Houston Academy went into half with a 20-14 lead over Geneva.
Houston Academy would receive the ball to start the third quarter and it would be all their’s. After a five minute drive, the Raiders would finally be able to punch it in to increase their lead over the Panthers. Geneva tried to get momentum going after being down 27-14 but the Raiders were all over them.
DO NOT GIVE UP ON THE PANTHERS YET!
Geneva would finally get fired up and get the momentum switched to their side. The fourth quarter would be all in the Panthers hands. Damion Kemmerlin would hit Kahari McReynolds not once but twice in the fourth quarter for two throwing touchdowns. Geneva would take a 28-27 lead after trying to go for two after both touchdowns but would be held short. Kahari McReynolds also had a quarterback keep for a touchdown to increase the Panthers lead to 34-27. It was not just an offensive show. Geneva’s defense had a huge part in the fourth quarter comeback as well. Dylan Creech had huge stops for the Panthers with three hits to cause some major loss of yards for the Raiders and had a key strip that Justin Russ would recover to put it back into the Panther’s offensive hands.
Geneva would come out with a 34-27 Homecoming win over Houston Academy after a huge fourth quarter comeback. The Panthers will be in Slocomb next Friday, Oct. 18 taking on the Redtops. If you will not be able to make it make sure to tune in! As always,