JV Panthers denied in final seconds

Demaris Hicks (5) celebrates after bringing down Nash Central’s Ben Campbell deep in Bulldog territory. The Panthers JV team lost 20-14.

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

KENLY—The North Johnston JV football team was looking for its first win of the season last week as the Panthers hosted Nash Central and with less than two minutes to go, it looked as though North Johnston would get what it wanted.

In the final moments of the second and third quarters, the Panthers got late touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead into the final frame only to have the Bulldogs come from behind with a pair of scores, including a Jahkee Williams touchdown run with 21 seconds left that gave the visitors the dramatic 20-14 win.

Hanging on to a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter, the offensive line took over for North Johnston and the Panthers’ ground attack featuring Alton Pratt and Cameron Privette marched down the field and were on the precipice of the game-clinching score before their 80-yard drive was halted on a turnover inside the Bulldogs’ five-yard line.

Jaquet picked up the fumble and ran it back to the Nash Central 33-yard line and the Bulldogs were set up for the last second heroics starting their drive with 1:59 on the clock.

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