SOUTHSIDE — Big plays spelled doom for Southside Friday night, falling 28-21 to Pell City in Class 6A, Region 7 high school football action.

The Panthers (0-4, 0-2) tied the game at 21-21 with 59 seconds left to play, but a 49-yard kickoff return by Brock Shafer got Pell City to the Southside 36. On the next play, Collier Slovensky found Maleek Robinson with a halfback pass for a touchdown and a 28-21 lead. The Panthers were unable to get anything going on their final drive.

Pell City’s first score came on a 52-yard pass and run from Braden Crow to Robinson. Robinson later threw a 37-yard touchdown to Brock Shafer on a flea flicker to break a 7-7 tie. Southside’s touchdown was a 7-yarder from Gavin Griffin to Caleb Jacobs just before halftime.

A 15-play drive capped by a 1-yard run by Kenneth Bothwell gave the Panthers a 14-13 lead with 9:03 left in the game. Pell City went back on top with 2:39 left in the game. The Panthers went 69 yards in five plays before Braden Crow found Andrew Crow with a 9-yard scoring pass. The two-point conversion made it 21-14 with 2:39 left.

Southside went 80 yards in just a minute and a half with a fourth-down scramble by Griffin and a Griffin-to-Tristan Riggan pass being crucial. Bothwell ran in the score from 3 yards and it appeared overtime was likely but it was not to be.

 

Coachspeak

"It just hurts me for the kids. They’re working hard and it’s just not bouncing their way right now. I can tell you this. They’re going to continue to fight and work hard until it starts bouncing our way. That’s just the type of kids they are, the type of families they came from. They’re going to continue to battle and we’ll get better every week.

"Each week it’s all about kids getting more experience and learning and picking up what we’re trying to do. As long as we keep fighting and trying to do that I feel good about this team getting better every week." — Southside coach Ron Daugherty

 

Play of the Game

Hmm, that’s a tough call. Was it the 49-yard kickoff return that set up the winning score or the 36-yard halfback pass that sealed the win for Pell City?

 

Star of the Night

Pell City’s Robinson. He caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass and caught a two-point conversion.

 

Up Next

Southside plays Fairley High School of Memphis, Tenn. Pell City travels to Brewer.