Panthers prowl for win No. 2

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 9, 2004

Rick Couch

After a 21-12 win over Bayside Academy, the Georgiana Panthers hope to keep on the winning side of things this week when they travel to Silas.

The Panthers will face the always-dangerous Southern Choctaw High School Indians who are currently 2-0.

Southern Choctaw, who the Panthers defeated last year in a major upset, is on a roll after a 29-0 thumping of Flomaton.

Panther Head Coach Keith York said he knows they will be fired up when Georgiana comes to town.

He also knows the Indians will put a lot of talent on the field.

"They have a lot of speed and we'll have to work on defending that," said York.

"They have two good running backs that can really move the ball."

Georgiana also showed that they could move the ball with 65 and 80-yard touchdown runs by Zane McMeans.

The Panthers showed a lot of improvement in other areas in the win after a slow start during week one. York said the improvement was noticeable, but there was still a lot of work to be done.

"We do feel like we improved in some areas," said York. "But there are still some areas we really need to work on."

One area the Panthers have stressed is reducing the number of turnovers.

In their week one loss to Samson turnovers almost single handedly turned the tempo of

the game.

Last week, the Panthers saw improvement in the number of turnovers and better results. York said they would continue to work in his area.

"We have had too many turnovers and we need to work on that," said York. "We will continue to work on stopping the run and ball security."

Playing on the road will also present a huge challenge for the Panthers.

With Southern Choctaw three hours away, Georgiana will have to alter their schedule.

"We will probably leave around 2 p.m.," said York. "We will stop somewhere and eat a pregame meal. We would like to get there around 5 p.m. 5:30 or 5:45."

York and the Panthers would like nothing more than to put a spoiler on the Indian's season again.

In order to do that they know they have to work on themselves first and foremost.

"We have to work on ourselves," said York. "We have to get better at what we do before we worry about stopping someone else."

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.