Top Three-Panthers dominate Cougars

Published 7:55 pm Monday, September 13, 2021

Northside’s 46-0 rout of South Creek was the only game for Beaufort County teams last week. Southside was off because of COVID-19 problems within the Riverside program, Washington didn’t play because of an untimely death with the program and Pungo Christian had a scheduled bye week. So, this week’s Top Three belongs to the Panthers.


  1. Northside’s defense-not only did the Panthers pick up their first shutout of the season, they forced three turnovers that led to touchdowns and turned a 16-0 halftime lead into a rout with 30 points in the third quarter.


  1. Mitch Godley-the senior fullback bulled his way to 158 yards on 14 carries, while initiating solid contact on most of them. He was the workhorse on the Panthers first and last scoring drives and has piled up 517 yards in four games, averaging over eight yards per carry. He also had five tackles from his linebacker position.



  1. Marcus Clayton-the junior ran four times for 70 yards, including a 42-yard scoring scamper. He also picked off a South Creek pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown.


Best of the Rest: Junior linebacker Briley Cooper’s fumble recovery at the South Creek 20-yard line set up the Panthers second touchdown. He also finished the game at quarterback and ran 10 yards for the final TD in the third quarter.

Senior quarterback Keifer Boyd threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Holloway and intercepted a South Creek pass from his safety position.

Senior Fortino Beltran scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 20 and four yards. Junior Carson Clinkscales recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown and Holloway led the defense with seven tackles, including two for loss.

The Panthers travel to Rosewood Friday in a rematch of their 35-34 first round 1A state playoff victory in April. Southside has a bye week, while Pungo Christian hosts Bethel Christian. Washington’s opponent has not been determined yet.