The Tiftarea Panthers face the Southland Academy Golden Raiders tonight in Americus. They are hoping to continue the season tailspin for the Raiders, who after a fast start, have lost their last three games.
Southland started 2012 on fire. They rolled over their first five opponents in convincing fashion, scoring an average of 35 points while giving up only an average of 14.
But luck has changed for the Golden Raiders over the past few games.
Heritage School defeated them, 48-21, then they were shut out by Westfield, 38-0 and last week saw them drop a game against Pinewood Christian, 15-14.
The loss to Pineland was a heartbreaker. Southland led most of the game and was up, 14-7, with 35 seconds remaining when Pineland punched in a score. Rather than going for the tie, they decided to try for the win. The two-point conversion was good and the Raiders fell, 15-14.
The Golden Raiders relied on their running game against Pineland, backs Andrew Alexander and Dustin Shattles both rushing for over 120 yards. Alexander also scored both touchdowns.
The Panthers will be trying to get back on track this week. The Panthers enter tonight’s game at 1-7 and are trying to break a two-game losing streak.
Last week saw Bulloch Academy jump out to an early lead. Tiftarea would score in the second quarter to pull to 20-7 at halftime, but were unable to contain the Gator offense after that. Bulloch would score 20 more to bring to game to its 40-7 final.
The Panthers offense mixed up the pass and run games, Rob Flick gaining 152 yards through the air while Ethan Mims added 82 on the ground.
They have not had the greatest of luck with tonight’s opponent. In seven contests against Southland, they have only won one game, a 32-29 victory in 1999.
Tiftarea’s schedule will remain a tough one after tonight’s game. They next face the Deerfield-Windsor Knights, who go into their Friday night battle with Pineland Christian with a 7-1 mark.
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