Football: Panthers open 2019 with dominant win over Birmingham-Southern

Photo by Jacob Krzysiak
Photo by Jacob Krzysiak

LaGrange opened the 2019 season with a dominating 29-14 win over Birmingham-Southern at Callaway Stadium on Saturday. Brendon Scott ran for a game-high 127 yards and all three LC touchdowns. Sophomore Shedrick Lindsey threw for 209 yards his first collegiate start. Lindsey did not take a snap last season. Alex Rivera added three field goals. The Panther defense limited Birmingham-Southern to 89 yards of rushing.

"Overall, Im very proud of our guys, we always preach play four quarters of football," said coach Earl Chambers. "This thing goes all the way back to last year when we ended the season. We came in and decided to have a tough off season and those guys who stuck around went through something really tough. We wanted to be a more physical football team and a team that when things happen rises to the occasion and not go the other way. I cant express how good about my coaching staff \in terms of their effort in calling this game. Jarred (Rutherford) called a great offense, Kendall (Todd) and Raj (Nick Raszeja) took totally control of the defense."

How it Happened

  • LC opened the scoring with a nine-play 73 yard drive in the first quarter. Lindsey started the drive with a 32-yard completion to Jalen Trice. Scott finished the drive with a 9-yard run and a 7-0 lead.
  • Rivera hit a 20-yard field goal to up LC's lead to 10-0 after a quarter. 
  • Birmingham-Southern got within three on Robert Shuford's 35-yard run in the second quarter. 
  • Scott answered Shuford's score with a 62-yard burst up the middle on the first play after the kickoff. Rivera drilled a 45-yard field, the second longest in the program's history to make it 19-7 at the half.
  • Scott finished his scoring with a 9-yard run in the third quarter to make it 26-7. The touchdown was set up by Trice's 65-yard reception for a first and goal.
  • Rivera's 37-yard fourth quarter field goal extended LC's lead to 29-7. Birmingham-Southern scored with two minutes left to cut LC's lead to 29-14. Peyton Haynes ended BSC's last threat with an interception.

Panther Standouts

  • Scott averaged 7.1 yards per rush on 18 attempts.
  • Trice finished with 104 yards receiving on just four catches, an average of 26.0 yards per reception.
  • Jordon Turner had seven total tackles on defense. 
  • Joshua Rivers had six total tackles on defense.

Up Next
The Panthers are on the road at nationally-ranked Berry next Saturday. Kickoff is 6 p.m.