Panthers fall to unbeaten Calera
By Mark Windham | Special to the Advertiser
CALERA – For three quarters Friday night, Calera and Jemison went toe-to-toe and were tied 21-21. The fourth quarter was all Calera as they scored 21 unanswered points to pull away for a key 42-21 region victory.
With all the offense on the night, the play of the night came on a defensive stand for Calera deep in their own territory. On 4th-and-1 from their seven yard line, Travis Green was able to tackle Jemison running back Javae Swindle in the backfield for a loss on the play.
Calera took over on downs with 8 minutes remaining in the game and took little time making the defensive stand count. Quarterback Brandon Wells found Trent Posey on a crossing route at the 15-yard line, and Posey was able to get a block and take it the distance for a 93-yard touchdown reception. Nathan Langer added the point-after to give Calera a 28-21 lead.
After holding Jemison on three plays, Calera got the ball and went to work in a hurry. On their third play, Wells kept the ball on a quarterback keeper and scored from 22 yards out for his third rushing touchdown of the night.
Langer added the PAT to put Calera up 35-21 with just over five minutes left in the game.
One minute later, Calera was right back on the scoreboard as Eugene Rodgers finished off the scoring on the night with his second touchdown, this one from 13 yards out. Langer added the PAT to make the final score 41-21.
Jemison (1-2 overall, 1-1 Class 4A, Region 3) will try to pull back to .500 this week against Livingston.
The game will conclude homecoming week.
The Panthers defeated the Cougars 52-22 last season.