Panthers handle West Iredell
For the second consecutive season, the Hibriten Panthers and the West Iredell Warriors combined for 106 points in the opening game of the season, and just like last the 2013 game, Hibriten walked out of the game 1-0.
Devell Maxwell led the way for Panthers, rushing for 209 yards on just nine carries and scoring four times to give Hibriten a 67-39 victory over West Iredell on Friday night in Statesville. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Warriors 69-37.
"For the first quarter and a half, I thought we executed well both offensively and defensively," said Hibriten head coach Clay Lewis. "They (West Iredell) made a couple big plays there in the second quarter. At times, I thought we looked great at times and sloppy at other times."
The Panthers opened the game with three touchdowns in the first quarter, only of which was produced by the offense. On West Iredell's first possession, Drake Felder forced a sack-fumble, and proceeded to recover the fumble and return it 17 yards for the score.
Later in the quarter, Hibriten drove 53 yards on just four plays, capped off by a 16-yard touchdown run by Montell Killian to put the Panthers ahead 14-0. On the ensuing possession, the Hibriten defense forced a West Iredell punt, and Dontavis Caldwell scampered 53 yards on the return for yet another Hibriten touchdown. The Panthers held a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Hibriten added another three touchdowns, two of which were scored by Maxwell. The first was a six-yard with 9:15 to play in the quarter. After West Iredell finally got on the board, the Panthers quickly responded with a 36-yard touchdown run by Maxwell. Following the touchdown, Hibriten recovered the pooch kick on the kickoff, leading to a another touchdown drive. This time it was TiShawn Daniels scoring from six-yards out to extend the lead to 40-8. West Iredell added one more score before the half to cut the deficit to 40-16.
In the third quarter, Hibriten put the game out of reach with four more touchdowns. Maxwell scored twice on runs from 33 and 57 yards. Felder caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Trey Ellis and Jarius Cotton scored on a 23-yard run.
The two big players from West Iredell were quarterback Montana David and wide receiver Preston Harrison. David threw for 213 yards and five touchdowns, while Harrison caught nine passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
Hibriten will hit the road again this Friday when the Panthers travel to Wilkes Central for another non-conference game.
HIBRITEN 67, WEST IREDELL 39
HIBRITEN^20 ^20 ^27 ^0 – 67
WEST IREDELL^0 ^16 ^15 ^8 – 39
H — Drake Felder 17 fumble recovery (Trey Ellis kick), 9:42.
H — Montell Killian 16 run (Ellis kick), 6:06.
H — Dontavis Caldwell 53 punt return (kick failed), 2:15.
H — Devell Maxwell 6 run (Ellis kick), 9:15.
WI — Macavis Maxwell 29 pass from Montana David (Montana David 2-pt. pass from Preston Harrison), 5:05.
H — Maxwell 36 run (Ellis kick), 3:50.
H — TiShawn Daniels 6 run (kick failed), 2:47.
WI — Darius Hudson 25 pass from David (Maxwell 2-pt. pass from David), :25.
H — Maxwell 33 run (Ellis kick), 7:38.
WI — Harrison 50 pass from David (David 2-pt. pass from Treylyn Glover), 6:43.
H — Maxwell 57 run (kick failed), 6:28.
H — Felder 27 pass from Ellis (Ellis kick), 5:19.
WI — Harrison 49 pass from David (Tanner Abraham kick), 3:19.
H — Devell Maxwell 6 run (Ellis kick), 1:59.
WI — Harrison 20 pass from David (Maxwell 2-pt. pass from David), 7:22.
RUSHING — Hibriten: Devell Maxwell 9-209, TiShawn Daniels 7-56, Jarius Cotton 1-23, Monte Simmons 2-20, Drake Felder 1-18, Montell Killian 1-16, Jamar Ferguson 3-12, Trey Brown 2-11, Trey Ellis 5-9, Zach Dillard 1-9, Dontavis Caldwell 4-5. West Iredell: Zach Mayes 7-40, Trenton Martin 3-21, Preston Harrison 7-8, Treylyn Glover 1-0, Montana David 12-(-9).
PASSING — Hibriten: Jamar Ferguson 1-1-0, 47 yards; Trey Ellis 1-5-0, 27 yards. West Iredell: Montana David 16-32-2, 213 yards.
RECEIVING — Hibriten: Trey Brown 1-47, Drake Felder 1-27. West Iredell: Preston Harrison 9-128, Macavis Maxwell 3-52, Darius Hudson 1-25, Treylyn Glover 2-14, Zach Mayes 1-(-6).