Petal off to a hot start


The No. 4-ranked Petal Panthers continued its winning streak by taking down Harrison Central 21-6 Friday night at home.

The offense put up just 21 points this week and Coach Marcus Boyles thinks there is room for improvement on that side of the ball.

“I thought offensively play was not as good as the defense,” he said. “We struggled at times throwing the ball, but I thought we made enough plays down the stretch to win the game. We are having a combination of some bad throws and bad routes, but we are going to work on those this week and we will be fine.”

On the defensive side for the Panthers, they have played really well during the first two games. Only giving up three touchdowns in two games has contributed to the hot start the Panthers have gotten off to.

“I think defensively we are playing really well right now,” Boyles said. “I think these guys are playing with a lot of confidence and are buying into the new defensive coordinator’s scheme.”

Senior Micah Mcgowan had the hot hand for the Panthers Friday rushing for 123 yards on 20 carries and adding a touchdown, bringing his total yards to 281 and two touchdowns for the season. All three touchdowns came on the ground for the Panthers with senior quarterback Decoarlos Nicholson and senior running back Rashad Hanford adding the other two touchdowns.

Petal plays host to Brookhaven Friday night.

Boyles knows a lot about playing Brookhaven, having faced them a lot during his days coaching at Wayne County.

“They always play tough,” he said. “(Coach) Tucker (Peavey) does a really good job preparing those kids. They have a lot of pride and tradition over there, so we are going to be in a dog fight if we don’t show up ready to play.”

Brookhaven comes into the game 0-2 with losses to South Pike and Lawrence County. The Panthers are averaging 280 yards per game on the ground with four touchdowns in the two games played

Kickoff is set for 7pm at Panther Stadium.