Batesburg-Leesville head football coach Perry Woolbright talks about the Panthers’ incredible run to the 2016 2A state championship game after a modest 3-2 start, including four consecutive road wins in the playoffs before falling to Abbeville in the title game.
Junior Bishop Cannon, the CiCi’s Pizza Batesburg-Leesville Boys Player of the Week, has been a top scorer for Panthers since making the transition to basketball after quarterbacking B-L to the 2A state championship game in football. Cannon was interviewed on Tuesday January 17. Great job, Bishop!
Junior Sabrona Gantt, the CiCi’s Pizza Batesburg-Leesville Girls Player of the Week, is a big-time scorer and outstanding all-around player for the Lady Panthers. Undefeated at 6-0 in region play, the Panther girls travel to Barnwell on Friday for a huge Region 5-2A re-match with the Lady War Horses (5-1 in region play), whose only conference loss was on January 10 at B-L (53-47). Gantt was interviewed on Tuesday, January 17. Great job, Sabrona!
Junior cornerback Pat Burgess, the CiCi’s Pizza Batesburg-Leesville Player of the Week, came up huge with two game-affecting plays in last week’s 20-17 win over Barnwell in the 2A Lower State championship. The speedy 5-9, 165-pound Burgess prevented a sure touchdown with the Panthers already trailing 14-6 in the first quarter, running down a War Horse kickoff returner who looked to have a clear path to the end zone. The Panthers wound up keeping Barnwell off the scoreboard on that possession, preventing the War Horses from extending their lead to two touchdowns for the second time in the first quarter. Then, Burgess knocked down a Barnwell pass on their final drive of the game, preserving the Panthers’ 20-17 lead and ensuring B-L a trip to this evening’s state championship game at Benedict College. Great job, Pat!
Batesburg-Leesville head football coach Perry Woolbright is the Crescent Construction Midlands Coach of the Week. Woolbright has guided the Panthers to Friday night’s 2A state championship game against Abbeville at Benedict College by guiding the Panthers to four consecutive road playoff wins. Congratulations coach and best of luck on Friday!
Senior Tyreek Tolen, the CiCi’s Pizza Batesburg-Leesville Player of the Week, rushed for 296 yards and 4 TD’s in last week’s 49-29 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the third round of the 2A state playoffs. Tolen, a 5-11, 175-pounder who now has 1657 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season, notched the third-highest single game rushing yardage total in Panther history last Friday. The soft-spoken speedster and his teammates travel to Barnwell on Friday with a berth in the 2A state championship game on the line. Great job, Tyreek!
Batesburg-Leesville head football coach Perry Woolbright previews Friday’s Lower State championship match-up with Barnwell, which will be played on the War Horses’ home field.
We talked with Batesburg-Leesville football coach Perry Woolbright on Thursday about tonight’s third round 2A playoff game at Region 5 foe Bamberg-Erhhardt (11-1) , a team that was handed its only loss of the season back on October 14 by the Panthers (8-4).
Freshman Ke’shoun Williams, the CiCi’s Pizza Batesburg-Leesville Player of the Week, figures to be a big factor in Friday night’s 2A third round playoff match-up with Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Williams, a 6-0, 165-pounder who starts at free safety and wide receiver for the Panthers and also gets plenty of snaps at QB for coach Perry Woolbright’s team, was outstanding in B-L’s 42-7 road win over Andrews last Friday and hopes for a big game tonight against B-E. The Panthers handed Bamberg-Ehrhardt a 41-20 defeat back on a October 14 in the teams’ Region 5 regular season meeting, a loss that has turned out to be the only blemish on the Red Raiders (11-1) season to date. Great job, Ke’shoun!
Senior defensive end Tyheem Shepherd, the CiCi’s Pizza Batesburg-Leesville Player of the Week, has 125 tackles on the season for the Panthers, including 23 for loss. The 6-0, 185-pounder is a relentless pass rusher, with 7 sacks, 7 pressures and a fumble recovery as he heads into tonight’s 2A playoff second round road match-up with Andrews. Great job, Tyheem!