Amanda Elzy put up some resistance — much more than in recent years — but Greenwood was just too strong in the end.
The Bulldogs defeated the Panthers 41-20 Friday night at GHS to claim its 10th straight victory in the series that first started in 1987. The Dogs lead the series 27-6.
The Bulldogs got a quick lead and seemed to have a letdown in the second quarter, but put the game out of reach with a strong start to the third. Greenwood scored on its first two possessions of the second half for a 33-point cushion.
“We’re 5-0. That’s about the best thing I can tell you about this one,” said veteran Bulldog coach Clinton Gatewood. “I am not happy with the effort, and we’re still having too many penalties.
“The kids can get caught up in the emotion of the rivalry. You have to play this game; you can’t talk it.”
Senior Kobe Chambers had another big game, hauling in four catches for 149 yards, including a 60-yard score.
Sophomore quarterback DeAndre Smith completed 10 of 19 passes for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The other scoring strike came in the third, when Smith hooked up with Zachary Westbrook for a 10-yard touchdown.
Smith also hurt the Panther defense with his legs, churning out 53 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Jamarion Addison paced the rushing attack with 10 carries for 57 yards.
Defensively, the big man up front, Quontavious Lymon, again led the charge. The senior tackle had a team-high nine stops, including four tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Davin Anderson also had nine stops.
Travor Randle, a senior defensive back, was next with eight tackles and three pass break-ups.
The Bulldog defense kept the always-dangerous Dephabian Fant, a senior tailback, in check. Fant finished with 48 hard-earned yards on 12 attempts. He had a 10-yard scoring scamper in the second that made it 27-8.
Deontae Neal, a junior QB, had a 1-yard sneak for Elzy’s second touchdown and then had a long scoring strike to Kyris Jones.
Elzy’s last win vs. GHS came in 2009, a 32-0 victory. Sheldon Hodge is 0-3 against the former team he used to coach and against Gatewood, who was one of his players at Mississippi Valley State and a former assistant coach at Greenwood when Hodge served as head coach.
Greenwood looks to keep its winning ways next week when Noxubee County comes to town. The Tigers are 3-2 after being thrashed Friday, 52-7, by West Point.
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