Moorer era opens with blowout loss to county rival

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Timothy Moorer era began on a bumpy note, but at least the 69-0 defeat to Georgiana wasn't the worst Moorer remembers having to take at Harmon Field in Georgiana.

"At least it wasn't 84-0," said Moorer of the defeat that he and his fellow Greenville Tiger teammates suffered during his playing days.

Moorer was named interim head varsity coach on Tuesday when David Kirkland resigned that morning.

There were many firsts Friday night in a game that was over by the midpoint of the opening quarter.

Here are just a few:

n On the first play of scrimmage Georgiana tailback Zane Stackhouse raced 56 yards for a touchdown.

n For the first time this season, Stackhouse did not crack the century mark. He rushed for 87 yards on two carries, which both were for touchdowns.

n McKenzie's only first down came on its first series in the first quarter on its first play with a flee-flicker pass.

n Georgiana rolled up 464 yards of total offense, but did not have a single first down the entire night.

"I didn't know about that until our stat man came up to me near the end of the game and told me," Ennis said. "I guess we need to work on ball control more."

While Georgiana (2-2) cruised to an easy win, the Panthers will be back on the practice field Saturday morning to prepare for their second game in seven days. The Panthers travel to Daphne Monday night to face Bayside Academy in a critical Region 1, Class 2A contest before hosting the defending Class 2A champs, Leroy on Friday.

"This was a good game for us to give our kids some confidence before we head for Bayside on Monday," Ennis added. "I just hope we can stay on the field with them and not get embarrassed by Leroy."

As for McKenzie, the Tigers remain winless even with a new coach and the number of healthy players on the sideline is quickly shrinking.

The Tigers (0-5) dressed 16 players on Friday and had three more sustain injuries that forced them out of the game for a period of time.

But you don't hear Moorer complaining.

"We just have to do a better job of blocking and tackling," said Moorer, who also is coaching the junior varsity team. "And you can't blame this on youth. We are five games deep into the season now. These kids know what it takes to be a winner, we've just got to get there."

But a 69-0 defeat is a rough start.

Georgiana put the game away early by jumping out to a 44-0 lead after the first quarter.

After Stackhouse scored his first of two touchdowns, fullback Will Langham bulled his way through the middle of the McKenzie defense to rumble 32 yards for a touchdown with 9:39 left in the quarter.

Langham finished the night with 100 yards rushing on just five carries with two touchdowns.

Stackhouse rushed for his second touchdown with just over seven minutes to play in the quarter and then Oderia Mobley scored his first of two touchdowns with 4:57 left to play on a 66-yard sprint.

Georgiana also attempted just one pass all night and it was for a 20-yard touchdown strike to Brandon Simpson from Andre Paige to push the Panthers' lead to 38 points.

Ronald Scott tacked on a 91-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds in the quarter to close out the opening stanza for the Panthers.

After the quarter ended, the officiating crew put the game on a running clock.

Langham scored his second TD with just over seven minutes left in the second quarter before Georgiana settled for a 50-0 halftime edge.

Then the Panthers added touchdowns by Cornelius McMeans on a punt return, Steven Campbell and Mobley in the second half.

While Georgiana managed to rack up the yardage, McKenzie struggled to get any positive yardage. The Tigers finished the game with just 42 yards of total offense.