Fourth Down Fireworks

The Geneva Panthers went on the road Friday night to face the Straughn Tigers in a pivotal Region game. The Panthers came into the game with a 3-2 record on the season and a 1-2 region record, while Straughn was 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in the region.

The Panthers received the opening kickoff and quickly went three and out. Following a Straughn possession, Geneva got on the board quickly as Junior quarterback Damion Kemmerlin bolted 65 yards for a TD and an early 6-0 lead.

On the Tigers 2nd possession, the Panther defense got a heavy dose of Junior running back, Trey Strickland. Strickland scampered 36 yards to the Panther one yard line before scoring a touchdown on the next play. Tommy Townsend converted the PAT to give Straughn the 7-6 lead with 4:41 to go in the 1st quarter.

Kahari McReynolds didn’t let the Panthers trail for long as he returned the following kickoff 75 yards for a TD. The two point conversion failed but the Panthers now held a 12-7 lead.

The Geneva defense came up big and forced a Tiger punt on their next possession; however, the Panther offense turned the ball over as Kemmerlin’s pass to McReynolds hit the ground behind the line of scrimmage and Jaylon Sigers scooped up the fumble and scored a 20 yard TD. Townsend connected on the PAT to make it 14-12 Tigers.

On the ensuing Panther possession, Dylan Creech took the handoff from Kemmerlin and raced to the end zone for a 45 yard TD. Kahari McReynolds added the 2 point conversion to give the Panthers a 20-14 lead with 7:30 remaining in the first half.

Following a 4th down stop by the defense, Kemmerlin connected with McReynolds on a 66 yard screen pass to extend the lead to 26-14. The Panthers took this lead into the half.

Kahari gets into gear and runs pass several Tigers and gets the TD

The second half was almost completely dominated by the Tigers. They took the opening possession of the second half and went 70 yards on 12 plays taking 8 minutes off the clock as quarterback Adam Anderson converted a 4th down play into a Tiger touchdown. Townsend remained perfect on his PAT attempts and trimmed the Panther lead to 26-21.

Geneva only had 3 offensive possessions in the 2nd half. The first was a three and out and the second was stopped on a “bad” spot on a 4th and 1 play in Tiger territory. Straughn took over on downs and proceeded to bleed the clock as they drove down the field converting two fourth down conversions along the way. Strickland used the power of the left side of the offensive line and exploded for a 26 yard TD to take a 27-26 lead with 3 minutes to go in the game.

Preston Garner catches the ball and runs down the field to get a first down

On Geneva’s 3rd possession of the half, the offensive staff pulled out all the stops converting on 4th down twice. The first conversion was a 20 yard pass from Kemmerlin to TE Preston Garner over the middle of the field. The second conversion came on the final offensive play of the game for the Panthers as Kemmerlin connected with McReynolds on a 25 yard slant in the end zone for the game winning TD with 33 seconds remaining in the game.

Kahari about to catch the ball for the TD

Straughn had one more opportunity on offense but Damion Kemmerlin intercepted a pass to preserve the 32-27 victory. With the win, the Panthers improved to 4-2 on the season and 2-2 in the region. Straughn fell to 1-5 on the season and 1-3 in region play.

Kahari McReynolds led the way for the Panther offense with 3 touchdowns. He also had 10 tackles on defense including two for loss. Dylan Creech had 17 tackles on defense including two for loss. Creech also had a 45 yard rushing TD. Damion Kemmerlin had one rushing TD and completed 6 of 10 passes for 140 yards and 2 TD’s. He also had an interception on defense. Preston Garner had 2 receptions for 67 yards.

The Panthers return to Hugh Owen Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. for Homecoming vs. the Houston Academy Raiders. Pre-Game Homecoming festivities will begin at 6:40. Tune in to the Panther Sports Network for all of the Homecoming activities!

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.

Get up Panther Nation!

IT IS GAME DAY!

Come out and support your Panthers! But if you can’t make the game, you can tune into the Panther Sports Network by going to http://GenevaPanthers.com and then clicking on the livestream link!

We will go on air as close to 6:45 as we can, and keep your fingers crossed that our Verizon MiFi will have a good enough signal to keep your video feed running smoothly!

Panthers take over Redtops: area matchup

 

The Geneva volleyball team hosts an area game against Slocomb on Tuesday, October 1. 

Geneva takes the lead and wins all three sets. 25-16, 25-12, 25-23. Chloe Nance had two kills, six assists and four aces. Madison Johnson has  two aces, and 11 assists. Emma Griffin had nine kills, and four digs. Shelby Hammock had eight digs and eight kills. Daydee Holt with one kill, four digs and four aces. Pazley Lamb with three digs and one aces. Addyson Martin earned two kills.

Their current record is 17-7. 

The Lady Panthers will next partake in the Goshen tournament on, Saturday October5.

Creation Of The PSNstant Replay

Ever since the start of PSN two years ago we have always strive to be the best. Since then we had continued to expand. The first year we existed we were chosen as one of the top three broadcasting in the nation. We were NFHS Select Broadcasting School last year, and this is our first year of being one of the only three elite schools in Alabama. We had implemented a lot of improvements to our live stream since we started 2 years ago. The implementation of our switcher board was probably our first big leap toward being the best. PSNstant Replay was something we always wanted to do since last year. Mr. Ricky Nicholson, our lead technology researcher and eye candy, has tried to implement this feature last year during the first game of the Softball Regional in Gulf Shores, but that prototype of the PSNstant replayed did not work the way we wanted so we just discarded the idea until now. The week of our game against Pike county we have been pursuing a new way to do instant replay Mr. Kevin Zheng worked on it all week and into the next to get everything working and when Kahari McRenolds made a touchdown on a kickoff return against Opp we had the first chance to showcase our new technology, the PSNstant replay. Our next big improvement we would love to have is our new sideline cameras. If anyone would like to graciously donate to our GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/PantherSportsNetwork we could be one step closer to getting it and showcasing it on our live stream.