Panthers' speed too much for Evarts

By STEPHEN M. VEST Special to The State Journal Published:

Friday's afternoon of tumultuous thunderstorms gave way to a perfect evening for football as the Frankfort Panthers defeated visiting Evarts 42-18 in the Capital City Bowl.

"If the rain had continued for another hour or so, there's no telling how this game would have turned out," said first-year Frankfort coach Craig Foley. "Coming in I thought this would be a six- to eight-point game. With their size - and being as physical as they were - I thought the score would have been much closer."

With the heavy rains and flash flooding subsiding a couple of hours before kickoff, Sower Football Field had just enough time to dry out and allow the Panthers' superior speed to get the best of Evarts' dominating size advantage.

"They're going to win some games," Foley said of Evarts. "We're very excited to come away with a win and I'm very proud of the way our kids played."

Sophomore Alonzo Tillman led all rushers with 117 yards on 12 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown jaunt in the third quarter.

"I just tried to make my cuts as sharp as I could and made sure that I held onto the ball," Tillman said.

Senior quarterback Brenton McNear completed three of his seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers, all to Chris McGowan.

Evarts quarterback Shawn Hoskins completed seven of 15 passes for 142 yards, six of those going to senior Derek Mefford. Of Mefford's 237 all-purpose yards, 99 of those came from the backfield after running back Frank Middleton left the game with a leg injury.

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