Selma High snaps two-game losing skid to Southside

Published 12:16 am Saturday, August 27, 2022

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Selma High prevented Southside from making history in their storied football rivalry.

The Saints scored four fourth quarter touchdowns in a 36-8 victory over Southside on Friday night at Panther Stadium.

Safety/wide receiver Dakaari Nelson, a Penn State verbal commitment, scored two touchdowns for the Saints.

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The game was delayed 75 minutes because of heavy rain this week.

Southside head coach Charles Moody, Panther assistant coaches, volunteers, and Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum assisted with getting the field ready.

It took over an hour to get the field ready.

Southside was going for a third straight victory over the Saints (1-1), but the Panthers were denied.

Rod Ward, Marcus Walton, Jamaion Sanders, and DaKaari Nelson  all scored second half touchdowns for Selma. Sanders scored on a Pick-6.

The Panthers played the second half without their best player, wide receiver Derick Smith, who got ejected late in the first half.

The Panthers (0-1) grabbed a 2-0 lead when Nelson fell on a fumble in the end zone.

Selma took its first lead at 6-2 when Nelson returned a Smith fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.

Southside took a 8-6 lead on Smith’s 25 yard TD run midway in the second quarter.

The Panthers had a chance to increase their lead in the second quarter, recovering a fumble at the Saints’ 39-yard-line.

But five straight penalties and one that led to Smith’s rejection kept the Panthers from increasing their lead.

Selma nearly grabbed the lead at intermission, but was stopped inside the Panthers’  5-yard -line as time expired.

Selma, coached by Wil Gandy, leads the all-time series 31-8.

Selma High visits Demopolis next Friday.

Southside visits Trinity Presbyterian next Friday.