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Therrell Punches Ticket To Region Tournament With 20-12 Win Over Druid Hills

On Monday, the Therrell Panthers and the Druid Hills Red Devils faced off in a must win match up for both teams as they were vying for the final spot in their upcoming region tournament. So with the win, either team would keep their inaugural season alive. The Panthers would strike first early in the first half as their defense would come up with an interception by Germiah Stewart that would set them up inside the Red Devils five yard line. On the ensuing possession, the Panthers would get on the board courtesy of a Nazaria Hall rushing touchdown.

The Red Devils would not take long to answer, as they would march down the field and get into the end zone on a Taleah Cassura rushing touchdown. They would fail on the extra point attempt and trailed 7-6. The Panthers would then score 13 unanswered points heading into the half, including Hall’s second rushing touchdown on the night and an interception returned for a touchdown by LaDaija Hambrick. Druid Hills would strike first in the second half after Cassura found Asiah Alexander in the end zone for a touchdown as the Red Devils trailed 20-12. From that point on, The Panthers defense would lock down the Druid Hills offense in route to the win.

Following the game, Therrell head coach Matt Hazel said knowing that their season could be over by the end of the night was all the motivation his players needed to fuel them to victory. “Keeping in mind that it was win or go home time. If we lose, we’re going home so just the motivation to keep playing, keep going,” Hazel said was key for them playing well on Monday and that their hard work throughout the season was paying its dividends. “My girls been working hard all season and they buckled in at the right time,” Hazel said. The Panthers will be back in action on Tuesday when they face Redan.


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