Panthers squeak by East, 13-10
East Davidson and Ledford staged yet another thriller Friday night.
When the final horn sounded, the Panthers were the last team standingin a defensive slugfest at East Davidson Community Stadium. George Melvin turned in a 100-yard rushing performance to give Ledford a 13-10 victory, handing the Golden Eagles their first loss of the season.
Melvin led the Panthers with 17 carries and 122 yards rushing. Quarterback Bubba White was not relied upon heavily in the passing game, but came through with the big play when the Panthers needed it. He connected with Tyler Scott for a 54-yard passing strike with 6:45 remaining in the second quarter for the first score of the game.
The Golden Eagles (3-1) were largely ineffective in advancing the ball with their downfield passing attack, except for a productive drive at the end of the first half that led to a 5-yard touchdown catch by Michael Ramos to even the score at 7.
Austin Wallace completed 11-of-19 passes for 122 yards. Unfortunately, his only passing score of the night was not enough to compensate for two crucial interceptions. Ledford’s initial touchdown followed the first of Wallace’s pair of picks, when Brady Johnson grabbed a pass at midfield.
East’s woes continued in the second half when Wallace was intercepted with 1:32 to go in the third quarter by Garrett Hooker, who returned it to the Eagles’ 19 yard line. Ledford was unable to capitalize on the opportunity, however, as White’s pass on 4th-and-10 fell incomplete. After taking over on downs, the Eagles were unable to conclude drives with six, once settling for a 31-yard field goal from Salvador Pecina.
The Panthers (3-1) were able to secure the victory despite a total of just 254 yards from scrimmage. This was largely due to the fact Ledford’s defense held the Eagles to 122 yards total rushing yards.
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