Hornets Stop Panthers in Regional Semis


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The Coal Grove Dawson Bryant Hornets did something no other team could do this season. They beat the Southeastern Panthers. The Panthers suffered their only loss of a school record season in a 46-22 setback, finishing at (11-1) and going two games deep into the playoffs.

Coal Grove was unstoppable on offense, scoring seven touchdowns in their 10 offensive possessions. None of those TD drives took more than five plays. 

The Hornets held a 26-0 lead at halftime, with Southeastern scoring for the first time in the game on the opening drive of the second half. That bit of momentum was short-lived, as the Hornets scored less than two minutes later, then scored at 3:31 in the third quarter to activate the "continuous clock" the rest of the contest.

Coal Grove had 473 total yards, with 287 rushing. Quarterback Nate Harmon threw 8/14 for 186 yards in and carried the ball 15 times for another 71 yards. Harmon accounted for three touchdowns in the air, while running back Kyle Sites ran 8 times for 107 yards and two TD's.

Southeastern had 305 total yards, with 294 on the ground. They passed for only 11 yards on 1/4 for the night.

Southeastern's Carson Stauffer ran 18 times for 177 yards and a TD. Most of his rushing yards came in the second half, as the Panthers were held to only 107 total yards in the first half. Dakota Houser addd 97 yards on 14 carries, scoring two touchdowns.

The Panthers committed 2 turnovers and 6 penalties for 80 yards. Coal Grove had one turnover and five penalties for 45 yards.

Coal Grove improves to (11-1) and will face Nelsonville-York next Friday for the regional championship. Nelsonville-York needed overtime to beat Fort Frye 26-20.

The Panthers close their best-ever football season at (11-1).


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