Panthers down Hope

Updated: September 17, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Ashdown Panthers scored early and often last week as they defeated the Hope Bobcats, 49-14, to wrap up the nonconference portion of the schedule.

The Panthers jumped out early as Keamon Nutt scored on a 4-yard run. Cody Flowers added the extra point to give Ashdown a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes to play in the first quarter.

Nutt scored his second touchdown of the late in the opening period. It was a 3-yard jaunt. The PAT was good and with 1:08 to play in the first, the Panthers led 14-0.

Ashdown wasn’t done scoring in the first quarter. N.J. Williams scored on a 6-yard run as the clock hit zero. The extra point was good and after one quarter, the Panthers led 21-0.

The defense got in on the scoring in the second quarter as Brett Bond snagged an errant pass and returned it 20 yards for the score. The PAT was no good and with 8:21 to play in the second, Ashdown led 27-0.

Less than two minutes later, the Panthers were back in the end zone on a 55-yard run by Williams. The 2-point conversion was good and with 6:27 to play in the first half, Ashdown led 35-0.

The Bobcats, led by former Panther assistant coach Phillip Turner, were not going to go away quietly. With only 20 seconds off the clock, Hope scored on a 43-yard pass. The extra point was good to make the score 35-7 in favor of Ashdown.

Nutt took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 85 yards for the score. The PAT was good and with 5:52 left in the second quarter, the Panthers led 42-7.

With less than two minutes to play in the opening half, Hope scored its second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run. The extra point was good to make the score 42-14 at halftime.

Ashdown scored one more time, in the third quarter, to put the AAA Sportsmanship Rule in play. It was Williams who scored the final touchdown on a 44-yard run. The PAT was good to make the final score, 49-14.

The Panthers are off this week but will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, when they welcome 7AAAA Conference newcomer Haskell Harmony Grove to Dick Hays Stadium. It will also be Homecoming Week for Ashdown.