Panthers can’t afford another loss
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Collinsville got what Spring Garden coach Jason Howard most wanted to avoid, a big-play touchdown early, and went on to defeat Spring Garden 28-18 at Spring Garden last Friday.

The loss snapped Spring Garden’s three-game winning streak. The Panthers can ill-afford another Class 1A, Region 7 loss either this Friday, when they host Donoho, or the following Friday at Cedar Bluff if they are to have the opportunity to play in the AHSAA postseason.

The most immediate issue is Donoho. The resurgent Falcons are 5-1 in Region 7 games and 5-2 overall. Quarterback Chris Carr, the only senior on the team, has been Donoho’s get-it-done guy all year with more than 1,100 yards rushing to date but the Falcons have a number of other scoring threats. Like Collinsville, Donoho has shown the ability to score on big plays. Samuel Garner, Axis Heathcock and Justin Foster have consistently been among Donoho’s leading tacklers.

Collinsville’s first points came on a 51-yard pass with 11:47 still to go in the first quarter.

Collinsville pushed across one more touchdown in the first quarter and two in the second for a 28-0 advantage before the home Panthers got on the scoreboard.

Senior quarterback Will Ivey got Spring Garden’s initial points on a 32-yard run with 1:21 left before halftime. A 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, leaving Spring Garden behind 28-6 at intermission.

Spring Garden scored the only touchdowns of the second half but was unable to overtake Collinsville.

Matt Mullinax got his first 4-yard touchdown run with 10:32 left in the third quarter. With 3:27 to play, Mullinax scored again, this time on another 4-yard run. The Panthers tried 2-point plays after each of Mullinax’s scoring runs without success.

Mullinax finished with 167 yards rushing on 28 carries. Kyle Reece ran 12 times for 42 yards. Ivey netted 35 yards rushing on 10 attempts. Ivey was 3-for-9 passing for 25 yards. Reece caught one pass for 10 yards. Kris Holcomb had one catch for eight yards and Dalton Kerr grabbed one pass for seven yards.

Will Ivey led Spring Garden’s defense with eight tackles. Hunter Bondie had a quarterback sack and five additional stops. Ben Ivey also made six tackles. Kerr and Hunter Crider recorded three tackles apiece.
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