Big plays lift Southside past Keith in annual rivalry contest
Published 11:05 pm Friday, September 23, 2022
Southside relied on big plays to extend its winning streak against Keith.
Ernie Campbell, Derick Smith and Roosevelt Towns III each scored two touchdowns as the Panthers prevailed 42-20 on Friday night at J.V. Caldwell Stadium in Orrville.
The Panthers (2-3) now lead the series 28-21-1.
Keith (3-3) jumped out to a 8-0 when Javon Richardson opened the game with a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Saderreion Reubin’s 2-point conversion run.
The Panthers tied the game at 8-all after one quarter on Town’s 4-yard TD run and two-point conversion sprint into the end zone.
Keith regained the lead at 14-8 on Aveon Young’s 3-yard TD run.
Southside took a 16-14 lead at halftime on Campbell’s 10-yard TD run and Towns’ 2-point conversion run. The Panthers never trailed again.
“I’ve been talking about mental fortitude, something bad will happen,” Panthers coach Charles Moody said. “The players kept playing. It’s a great win for us.”
The Bears had two chances to grab the lead at halftime, but failed on two opportunities inside the Panthers’ 10-yard-line.
“We left 14 points, potentially 16 points on the field in the first half,” Keith head coach Anthony Lumpkin said. “You can’t do that against a good team like Southside. We didn’t execute.”
The Panthers extended their lead 22-14 as Derick Smith returned the second half kickoff 90 yard for a TD.
The Bears climbed within 22-20 on Reubin’s 2-yard TD run, but failed to convert a game-tying two-point conversion. He finished with 163 yards on 32 carries.
The Panthers extended their lead to 28-20 after three quarters on Towns’ 2-yard TD run.
Southside closed the scoring on Smith’s 15-yard TD run and Campbell’s 20-yard TD run.