Henry County dampens high spirits during Carroll County's homecoming

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By Sharon Graves

Homecoming brought out a lot of emotion, family and friends as everyone came together to watch the Carroll County Panthers play football on a beautiful fall night.

It’s a chance for recent grads to come home and show off their college status and other returning alumni to visit with friends and show off their children.  This past Friday was all that and more, except for a win.

The Henry County Wildcats are big, and when they came into town many whispered, ‘the Panthers will be lucky to score against them.’  

In reality the Panthers definitely held their own against the Wildcats in the first quarter holding them to no score, stopping Henry County several times forcing them to give up the ball on downs.  The first quarter ended with no score with Panther fans in the end zone doing the wave.

Penalties were a problem for the Panthers throughout the contest and took their toll early in the second quarter.  The Wildcats took the ball into the end zone in the opening minutes of the second quarter, and less than two minutes later, off an interceptions, the Wildcats struck again making it 14 to nothing.  

The Wildcats scored one more time before the half, but about halfway through the third quarter junior Cody Boles took the ball in for a touch down and Josh Kates’ kick was good putting the Panthers on the board for 7 points.

After another Wildcat TD, they tried a fake punt, but the Panthers held on to thwart the Wildcat attempt.  The Wildcats did score again at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but their kick went wide, and there was no extra point, but the Wildcats were now out in front 40-7.

Sophomore Zach Wise took a monster hit from senior Brent Downey in the fourth quarter that saw him writhing in pain on the ground.  Several minutes passed before he was able to get up.

With a little over eight minutes left in the game, Cody Boles scored the second Panther touchdown and the Kates kick was good, bringing the score 14-40.  

The Wildcats were called for a blocking in the back penalty less than a minute later and then marched down the field when Wildcat junior Jacorri Baldwin scored from the four-yard line.  The point after kick was good and the score mounted to 14-47 with three minutes left in the game.

Henry County intercepted a pass with 58 seconds left on the clock and allowed the clock to run out.  

“I’m proud that you all didn’t quit,” Coach Mike Weedman told his team after the game.  “They are a good team, they are good at what they do.  Don’t hang your head.  Keep a positive attitude for next week.”

“The defense played great,” Weedman said about his team’s efforts.  The offense couldn’t move the ball.  They made mistakes and we couldn’t capitalize.  We made three personal fouls and they came at bad times.”

Weedman had praise for his players and their abilities.  “I’m really proud of Cody Boles,” Weedman said.  “The kid just does so many things that you don’t see.  He’s got a long career left in football.  I wouldn’t trade Casey Cable for any quarterback in the state.”