Lumberton perfect in region play

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Lumberton Panthers are on a five-game winning streak and look to keep things rolling as they face the Richton Rebels Friday night.

Junior running back Robert Henry led the way for the Panthers Friday night with 11 rushes for 202 yards and six touchdowns as Lumberton cruised past Salem 69-6.

“We are really focused right now and keying in on the things we need to do as a football team,” Coach Zach Jones said. “I think our kids are getting to where we want to be. I have been really pleased with our production and energy we are playing with. Defensively we are getting after the ball. Even though I feel like we have not played our best ball, our effort is relentless and I am excited about where we are right now.”

The Panthers look to carry the momentum as they face a Rebel offense led by senior quarterback Dylan Farve. Through seven games the shifty quarterback has thrown for 651 yards in the air and has added seven passing touchdowns, but it’s his running abilities that has defenders cautious of their offense. Farve has rushed the ball 62 times and has amassed 615 yards on the ground, adding 15 touchdowns thus far in the season. That is an average of two rushing touchdowns per game.

Jones knows his team will need to contain him to have a chance at continuing the success of late.

“Farve will probably be the best player we will face all season,” Jones said. “Keeping him in the pocket and not letting him get loose is something we are going to have to zone in on this week. Once you let him have any space, he is a kid that can take it all the way. We have to make sure to execute early. If we allow them to stay close early, they have the playmakers to make it a close ballgame. It’s getting to the point where teams are fighting for a playoff spot and we expect to have a fight on our hands come Friday night.”

Kickoff is set for 7 pm at Richton.