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Southside running back James McNeil tries to break free from Bayside defenders during Friday’s game. -- Shane Gaut

Southside falls 39-14 in year’s last home game

Published 1:28am Saturday, October 27, 2012

SELMA — The Southside Panthers (1-8, 1-6 Class 3A Region 1) lost their final home game of the season, 39-14 to the Bayside Admirals Friday.

“I saw some decent effort from our guys tonight, but you can’t expect to win when you commit lots of penalties. It seemed we were looking at second or third down and fifteen all night” Southside head coach Daniel Flowers said.

The Admirals’ Johnathan Walton fielded a Panther punt near his own 30 yard line, broke two tackles and raced 70 yards to the end zone, giving Bayside (5-4, 5-2 Class 3A Region 1) a 8-0 lead early in the first quarter.

The Panthers were held on the following possession and forced a punt again, giving Bayside good field position on the 48-yard line. The Admirals rushed for two first downs but Southside’s defense stiffened, forcing a 38-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good and increased Bayside’s lead 11-0.

Walton would find his way to the end zone twice more before halftime, giving Bayside a 25-0 advantage going to the third.

The Panthers received to begin the second half, starting from their own 15.

Quarterback Khamari Gibbs was 2-for-2 for 42 yards on the drive, and a facemask penalty helped move the ball to the Bayside 27-yard line, but the turnover bug bit before Southside could score. The Admirals capitalized on a fumble, scoring another touchdown making it 32-0.

Southside was able to get on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter, following an 11-play drive capped by a 24- yard touchdown pass from Khamari Gibbs to Derick Daniels.

Gibbs would also find Antonio Johnson for a 35-yard touchdown pass late in the game, making the final score 39-14.

“Our defense played extremely well tonight and our kicking game was good. Decent field position didn’t hurt us either. This is a great win for our team,” Bayside head coach Phil Lazenby said.

Southside plays at Dallas County next week to end their season while Bayside will play at Satsuma.

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