Sterlington 22, Ouachita Christian 20
LAMKIN — In their previous two meetings, Sterlington and Ouachita Christian split a pair of 35-0 blowouts, with each team winning at home. Friday night's game matching the Highway 165 nearby neighbors lived up to its hype.
Sterlington watched a 19-6 lead dissolve before Landon Green's third field goal of the night with 3:09 left enabled the Panthers to escape with a 22-20 victory.
Leading 13-6 at halftime, the Panthers appeared to be on the verge of pulling away early in the third quarter.
Sterlington began its initial series of the second half from the OCS 37, compliments of Dorian Eddins' blocked punt. Two consecutive handoffs to Reagor resulted in a 32-yard pickup and a 5-yard TD run as the Panthers opened up a 19-6 advantage with 8:57 to play in the third period.
Reagor assumed the starting tailback role in place of C.J. Colvin, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. This marks the second straight year that Colvin has suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1.
Unlike last season, the Panthers know what they have in Reagor, who went over 100 yards in back-to-back games while starting in place of the injured Austin Dupree.
Reagor delivered again Friday night against OCS with 226 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.
Sterlington's two-touchdown lead disappeared in a matter of three-plus minutes.
Freshman Kade Woods' 64-yard pick-6 brought the Eagles within 19-13 with 43 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Sterlington's next drive ended with a turnover on downs at the OCS 41.
Four plays later, the Eagles had their first lead on Will Fitzhugh's 7-yard run with 9:38 to play.
Lining up at their 32 after the kickoff, the Panthers methodically ran nearly six minutes off the clock. Landon Green missed a 37-yard field goal after a wayward snap, but the Eagles were flagged for running into the kicker. Moments later, Landon Green made a 30-yarder count as Sterlington regained the edge, 22-20.
Landon Green's first field goal from 26 yards out on the Panthers' first series, opened the scoring just four minutes in.
OCS' initial series ended in a empty possession, with Sterlington setting up operations at its own 34 after the punt.
Quarterback Brody Green's 1-yard sneak finished an eight-play, 66-yard drive as the Panthers went up 10-0.
Hunter Herring returned the ensuing kickoff 28 yards to midfield, setting up Eli Extine's 4-yard run in the waning seconds of the first quarter.
There was no further scoring until Landon Green's 32-yard field goal padded the Panthers' margin to 13-7 with 41 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
Sterlington held the edge statistically, out-gaining the Eagles 343-167. Fullback Malik Davis ran 16 times for 73 yards to complement Reagor in the backfield as the Panthers racked up 304 rushing yards on 55 attempts.
OCS rushed for 84 yards and passed for 83. Fitzhugh had 53 yards on 11 carries and Extine caught two passes for 54 yards to lead the Eagles offensively.
Tackle Luke Carmichael set the tone for the Panthers defensively with seven stops and a sack. Justin Fuller, Jordan Townsend, Willie Holloway and Colby Rivera added sacks, and Cole Jones had an interception.
Sterlington (2-0) is at Oak Grove (2-0) on Friday night while the Eagles (1-1) are at home against Delhi Charter (1-1).
Notes: It was a big night all the way around for Landon Green. Along with the three field goals, he recorded a career-high five tackles, including a stop in the backfield. ... OCS now holds a 22-16 lead in the all-time series with the Panthers. ... Sterlington won in Lamkin for the first time since 2009.