Panthers win rivalry game

Published 11:18 pm Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Jemison Panthers, led by quarterback Tre Bryant (7), sing the school song along with the marching band following their victory over Chilton County. (Advertiser Photo/Jon Goering)

Every time Chilton County thought it had a chance, Jemison’s Javae Swindle showed the capacity crowd at Panther Stadium otherwise.

Swindle ran for 268 yards and two touchdowns—and set up two other scores—as JHS topped rival CCHS, 29-13, in both teams’ season opener.

Chilton County running back Michael Seaton outruns a would-be tackler during a rush. (Advertiser Photo/Jon Goering)

The first half featured few significant offensive plays except for those made by Swindle.

The senior back took a handoff 74 yards for a touchdown on Jemison’s second offensive possession, and Cruz Martinez’s extra point made it 7-0.

Jemison’s other scoring drive started with 1:59 remaining in the half. Quarterback Tre Bryant found Randy Satterfield for a 34-yard pass on the first play of the possession, and then two Swindle runs advanced the ball to the 1-yard line.

Kevin King punched it in, but the point-after was missed.

Chilton County’s offense, meanwhile, seemed stuck in neutral thanks to penalties, busted plays and the JHS defense storming the rushing lanes.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard with 8:31 left in the third quarter when Michael Seaton plowed ahead for six yards on a 4th-down-and-2 play. Stephen Horn’s extra point closed the gap to six points at 13-7.

Jemison running back Javae Swindle leaves behind a pile of Chilton County defenders on his way to the game's first touchdown in the first half. (Advertiser Photo/Jon Goering)

But Swindle needed only two plays to stretch the lead again. He scored from 48 yards out with 8:03 on the clock. Tre Bryant threw to Satterfield for the 2-point conversion.

Chilton quarterback Chance Britnell found Jarvis Rogers for a 27-yard touchdown play with 3:34 left in the third, but Swindle responded again.

This time, it was a 40-yard run to the CCHS 1-yard line. Bryant then scored on a sneak.

Bryant demonstrated his athleticism again as the point after snap was mishandled, but Bryant stood up and ran to his right and found the end zone for two points, concluding the scoring.

“Our playmakers made plays,” said Jemison’s Merritt Bowden, who like CCHS’s Donnie Hand was coaching for the first time in the rivalry game. “Last year, they scored early and got deflated (CCHS won, 27-26). We knew we wanted to finish strong.”