North Panola gets much-sought
after win over Rosa Fort
By Myra Bean
For the first time in four meetings, the North Panola Cougars defeated 2-4A Rosa Fort 42-22 in the season opener Friday night.
Rosa Fort struck first in the first quarter and took a 6-0 lead.
North Panola got on the boards in the second quarter with a tackle in the end zone for a safety by Brandon Wilbourn to cut the lead 6-2. Then quarterback Jatavious Farmer put the Cougars ahead on a one-yard jump over the offensive line to score with 40.8 seconds left in the half. The two-point conversion by Justin Connor gave the Cougars a 10-6 lead which they never relinquished.
Other scorers were Darius Thomas on a 26-yard reception from Farmer in the third quarter with 7:35 left. The two-point conversion by Trai Sanders gave the Cougars an 18-6 lead.
Rosa Fort answered with a 52-yard run to close the gap 18-14 after the two-point conversion.
The Cougars turned up the heat in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns, an eight-yard run and a 13-yard pass reception by Sanders and a one-yard run by Farmer.
On defense, Thomas and Antwoyne Rhodes recovered fumbles, Virgil Jones intercepted a pass and almost ran into back for a touchdown but was bought down at the seven yard line and Thomas also caught an interception.
The Cougars are back on the road next Friday to Byhalia for a 7 p.m. game.
North Delta fell in its season opener to Pillow Academy 42-14.