PROSPERITY — The Mid-Carolina Rebels were not successful in overpowering the Panthers from Batesburg-Leesville, but the Panthers felt the Rebel sting.
While it goes in the books as a loss, the Rebels definitely made their mark, by coming back from a 21 point deficit early in the second quarter to taking a one point lead with three minutes in the fourth quarter.
The first quarter was all Batesburg as the Rebels were not able to reach the end zone during the first quarter and Batesburg was.
The first quarter ended with a 14 to zero lead in the Panthers favor.
Early in the second quarter, the Panther’s extended that lead to 21, but the on that kickoff, the Rebels’ Javarius Nelson returned the kickoff 45 yard to put the Rebel offense in good field position.
Ben Chandler was able to put a touchdown on the board cutting the lead to 14.
The Rebels now were coming back strong and held the Panther’s forcing a punt, which the Rebels were able to capitalize on with Nick Sims-Metts taking another one in to cut the lead down to seven, going into the half with a score of 21 to 14 with Batesburg on top.
The second half began with an unexpected onside kick from Mid-Carolina that the Rebels were able to recover taking possession of the ball with good field position.
The Rebels were not able to get it into the end zone, but Dillon Pelton was able to put it through the uprights and bring the score to 21–17 with Batesburg still on top, but cutting the lead rapidly and holding the Panthers down.
The Panthers gained a little momentum when they got a safety, taking the score to 23–17 with only seconds left in the third quarter.
Neither team scored again until 3:06 left in the forth quarter when the Rebels quarterback, Matthew Hawkins connected with Nick Sims-Metts and getting them to the one yard line.
The next play appeared to be a fumble, but lineman Justin Farr fell on the ball in the end zone and Dillon Pelton put the point after through the uprights to put Mid Carolina in the lead by one point, making it 24–23 now with Mid-Carolina now on top.
Unfortunately on the drive following the kickoff, the Panthers was able to get into the end zone and take the lead over, 31–24.
The Rebels gave it one last push before turning the ball over on downs in Panther territory with only seconds left in the game. The game ended with the Panthers taking a knee and running the time off the clock.
While the game was a loss, it was one that had us all on the edge of the seat.
Mid-Carolina meets Abbeville at Lon Armstrong Stadium this week.