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Panthers lose to Sussex Central 44 to 52 in Playoff Game


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Charles City County 44, Sussex Central 52

Varsity Playoff Football Game on November 19, 2010

Charles City vs. Sussex Central High in Playoff Game

The Panthers’ season came to end last Friday night after a hard fought playoff game with Sussex Central. In front of a lively Charles City crowd, the Panthers played their best but in the end it wasn’t quite enough as the Sussex Central Tigers came out ahead in a high scoring game, 52 to 44.

The Panthers went down early after Sussex was able to get two quick scores and were up 16-0. This year’s team had been in these situations before and responded well by fighting back to score 3 consecutive touchdowns, which included an interesting play where senior Joseph Tabb Jr picked up the football after the Sussex player thought the ball was dead on a lateral. Tabb scooped the ball up and ran it back for a Touchdown to the delight of all the Panthers and their faithful audience.

Sussex responded on the next drive with a quarterback keeper by Tyquan Johnson who ran it in from 36 yards out. Charles City got the ball back, but Panther QB Trevor Jones’ pass was deflected and landed in the hands of Sussex’s gigantic nose tackle Craishawn Ellis who returned it 35 yards to the endzone to put the tigers up 30-20 after the conversion.

Charles City started their next drive with under a minute left to play. Trevor Jones led a quick drive that ended with a 34 yard touchdown pass to Terrance Banks as time expired going into the half. Tabb ran in the conversion to cut the lead to 28-30 at halftime.

In the 2nd half, Sussex scored three touchdowns and Charles City scored two more. The game ended with a final score of Tigers 52, Panthers 44. Sussex was led by three players, Sharheem Taylor, Tyquan Johnson and Tyrod Skipper who all rushed for over 100 yards.

Charles City had another great game by Trevor Jones who threw for 217 yards to go along with 4 touchdown tosses. Dominique Williams and Terrance Banks both had two touchdown receptions apiece.

Since 1999 and prior to this game, Sussex had outscored Charles City 573 to 98 in 13 games which were all won by Sussex. This year’s Panther team nearly came up with the win against Sussex and definitely earned some respect to not take the Panthers lightly. Despite not having a JV team, having most players play both sides of the field during virtually the entire game and playing against schools who consistently have double and triple the amount of players, the Panthers made no excuses and can hold their heads up high for what they did accomplish. This year’s team nearly beat Sussex and during the season had another game came down to the wire in an epic overtime loss against Division 2 school Lancaster who are currently in the Region A finals in Division 2. In addition, the Panthers beat contender West Point and up to this point are the only team to beat top ranked Franklin who will be playing Sussex next week for the Region A , Division 1 final.

Trevor Jones had a sensational season to culminate his high school football career at Charles City County. This season, Jones ran for over 500 yards, had over 500 receiving yards and passed for over 700 yards. In addition, he threw 12 touchdowns, rushed for 9 touchdowns and caught 5 touchdowns for a total of 26 touchdowns in 11 games. This does not include his countless two point conversions by either running or throwing. Jones also played defense and was on special teams. He returned one punt for a touchdown and returned an interception for a TD to go along with 60 tackles for the year.

Game Summary

Charles City…… 8 20 0 16 = 44
Sussex…………. 16 14 8 14 = 52

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