Football: Panthers fall to Huntingdon 45-21 on Senior Day

Football: Panthers fall to Huntingdon 45-21 on Senior Day

LaGrange closed out its 2019 season with a 45-21 USA South loss to Huntingdon in Callaway Stadium on Saturday. It was the final game for 14 seniors, who were recognized before the game. Huntingdon (7-3, 6-1) used big first half to help clinch the Hawks' fourth conference title in the past five years.

"It's been our story all year long to have a good half and a bad half. I really thought we could play a lot better in the first half, we just couldn't get started," said Coach Earl Chambers. "It was our seniors last game and we appreciate everything they have done for us and just wish we could have come out top and send them home the right way."

How it Happened

  • Huntingdon took the opening kickoff and drove 96 yards to take a 7-0 lead. The Hawks stretched their lead to 24-0 by halftime. The Panthers (3-7, 1-6) were held to 34 yards of total offense in the half.
  • Trailing 31-0 in the third quarter, the Panthers got back-to-back touchdowns to cut into the deficit. Freshman receiver Jeremiah Engram turned a short pass from quarterback Caleb Speir into a 73-yard scoring play to get LC on the board. Speir found Tyler Benjamin for a 43-yard TD to make it 31-14 with 5:59 left in the third quarter.
  • The Hawks came back with a pair of touchdowns to open up a 45-14 lead. The Panthers closed out the scoring with Speirs' third TD pass of the half, this one again to Benjamin from 30 yards out with 6:33 remaining in the game.

Panther Standouts

  • Scott finished third on the school's career rushing list with 1,708 yards and third in rushing touchdowns with 16.
  • Speirs had 272 yards passing, all in the second half.
  • Engram finished the day with a season-high 140 yards on five receptions.
  • Benjamin had three receptions, with two for TDs, for 78 yards.
  • Randy Fillingame had a game-high 12 total tackles, finishing the season with a team-leading 79.
  • Senior strong safety Brandon Ray had 10 tackles in his final game.
  • Alex Rivera finished the season a perfect 23-for-23 on extra points. He was 8-of-9 on field goals with a long one of 45 yards.