Wildcat record best in 5 years

Published 11:59 pm Friday, October 26, 2012

The Florala Wildcats punished the Georgiana Panthers Friday night with a 49-33 win and a final score that belied the true story.

The Wildcats’ defense played lights out for most of the game, only allowing touchdowns on a few big plays.

The FHS offense scored on nearly every possession. Desmond Smiley got his first of two touchdowns as he took one in from 23 yards on the third play of the game. Smiley also had a 37-yard run that helped set up the touchdown.

GHS responded quickly as quarterback Jacquez Payton, on the first play, went 60 yards out, racing the FHS defenders to the end zone. With a successful PAT, the Panthers had their only lead of the game at 7-6.

The Wildcats’ offense picked up right where it left off. The offense used six plays to go 85 yards with Brandon Russell getting the touchdown on a 24-yard run.

After giving up a touchdown on the Panthers’ first play, the Wildcats’ defense went after the offense aggressively and forced a punt.

The FHS offense continued to roll, with a 10 play, 69-yard drive this time. Austin McNeill finished the drive off by finding Tamaris Jackson all alone in the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown.

Following a turnover on downs FHS showed that they have plenty of players capable of scoring on any given play. Austin “Bullet” West became the fourth Wildcat to reach the end zone when he scored on a 34-yard run. The score gave the Wildcats a 28-7 lead.

The Panthers opened up the second off in fine fashion as Payton scored his second touchdown on a 73-yard run.

FHS answered with a touchdown of their own as Smiley found the end zone from four yards out for his second touchdown. Smiley also showed off his defensive skills, picking off a pass from Payton in the third quarter.

Following the interception the Wildcats’ had their fifth different player score when McNeill scampered in from 11-yards. With the PAT, the Wildcats were up 42-15.

Payton wasn’t done yet as he scored on a 42-yard run.

Kyle Price scored from 15 yards to become the sixth player to score a touchdown for the Wildcats.

Payton continued his successful night leading his team to touchdowns on their final two possessions.

Florala (5-4) boasts its best record in five years.