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By Lonnie Turner
The Dillon Wildcats survived 17 penalty flags for 125 yards and a quarterback who really loved to throw the football Friday night to upend the Lake City Panthers, 42-7, to remain undefeated in Region 6-3A. The Cats were guilty of back-to-back false starts from the beginning, but moved quickly down on its opening drive to take a quick 9-0 lead, behind Freshman quarterback BoBo McKinnon, who stepped in to call the shots in place of injured signal caller Jay Lester, who suffered a hand injury at the start of the third quarter against the Aynor Blue Jackets last week. Tyquan King scored on a 5-yard run to climax a very short 27-yard drive.
The defensive squad of the Wildcats held the Lake City running backs and quarterback Austin Montgomery to negative 44 yards on just 18 carries, but Montgomery was on target most of the evening with short passes for 187 yards. The senior threw 29 times, 20 coming in the first half, but the only touchdown was a 60-yard pass up the middle to Shamantae Burgess near the end of the first quarter, to cut into a Dillon 19-0 lead. Corrian Wright scored on another short 27-yard drive running into the end zone from two yards out at 5:53 out of the Wildcat formation, but Malachi Bember’s kick sailed off the mark. McKinnon threw a 17-yard pass to Damari Ladson for the third touchdown of the first quarter and completed 7 of 11 attempts before the intermission for a net 111 yards.
The Cats were a bit over-anxious on special teams, jumping off side on three kick-offs in the first half. Seems like a flag donned the field on nearly every play, but again the Cats prevailed to pull away to a 42-7 halftime score. Ahmari Huggins-Bruce scored on a 17-yard pass from McKinnon and ran another from 3 yards out in the second quarter. Nemo Squires also had a rushing TD to start the second.
The Panthers wound up with 143 total yards on offense, but the Cat offense and running backs outclassed Lake City with 186 yards on the ground and 114 through the air. McKinnon was intercepted three times in the game and Dillon picked off two of Montgomery’s. Corrian Wright and Justin Green led the way with one apiece. On the tackle sheet, leading the way were Tyree Porter, Dray Thompson and Daizion Alford with five take downs apiece.
The Wildcats will travel to Cheraw this week to take on the Braves, who lost to Marion Friday night, and the Swamp Foxes will come to Dillon in two weeks to play the game that was victim to the Hurricane.