Southside High impressive in football jamboree

Published 9:30 pm Friday, May 17, 2019

Southside High School will carry momentum into its fall football practice in August.

The Panthers beat Hale County 6-0 and Elmore County 20-0 in their football jamboree on Friday night at home.

Southside’s defense played solid throughout the two one-hour scrimmages, making three stops in the red zone. The Panthers are coming off a 0-10 season in 2018.

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“I’m real pleased,” Panthers coach Daniel Flowers said. “We have a lot of starters coming back on defense. It’s all about the defense.”

The Panthers’ offense showed big play potential behind their starting quarterback candidates: Tony Sullivan and Christopher Thomas.

Thomas threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Sam Wilson for the Panthers’ only score against Hale County.

Sullivan threw a pair of touchdown passes to Amarion Johnson against Elmore County, both on scrambling plays.

“Chris and I are dual threats to keep the opponents guessing,” Sullivan said.

“It feels great to come out and win, we need to start out fast,” Thomas said.

Ernest Hatcher scored the Panthers’ other touchdown against Elmore County. Wilson also scored on a two-point conversion.