Sterlington 43, Wossman 34
Turning out big numbers is almost becoming a weekly occurrence for Dallas Reagor. But Sterlington's junior tailback surprised himself in Friday night's 43-34 homecoming victory over Wossman.
Reagor ran for a career-high 382 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries (15.9 yards per pop) while eclipsing the 200-yard barrier for the fourth time this season.
"Really?" Reagor replied, his face lighting up in disbelief when informed of his stats minutes after the game. "I just ran hard, our offensive line blocked did their job, and good things happened."
Sterlington improved to 5-2 overall, 2-0 in District 2-3A.
"This was a big homecoming win for us against a very good team," Sterlington coach Lee Doty said. "Obviously, Dallas Reagor had a great game. They had given up six points the last two games."
Reagor got off to a fast start, running for 14 yards and a first down on the game's first series. His second touch, on the Panthers' second possession, went for 35 yards and staked the Panthers to a 6-0 lead. Two carries, 49 yards.
Wossman (3-4, 1-1) would be no pushover, though.
Needing just one play to answer, the 'Cats tied the game on Antrell Green's 69-yard pass to Jatarrius Turpin.
Following an exchange of punts, the Panthers were stopped on downs at the Wossman 21.
From there, the Wildcats drove 79 yards on six plays, with Jessie Booker blazing into the endzone from 17 yards out. A successful 2-point conversion put Wossman in front 14-6.
Reagor's 76-yard gallop on the Panthers' next offensive snap closed the gap to 14-12 with 11:04 to play in the second quarter.
Wossman then drove to the Sterlington 24 where Bryce Still smothered a fourth-and-five reverse for a loss of four.
Nine plays later, Jacob Green's 36-yard field goal enabled the Panthers to reclaim the lead, 15-14.
Booker's 57-yard run tilted the lead back in Wossman's favor, 20-15, 4:04 before halftime.
Not to be outdone, the Panthers covered six yards on 60 plays. Reagor's third touchdown, from seven yards out, gave Sterlington a 23-20 edge with 1:43 to play in the half.
Both teams started the second half with empty possessions.
Taking over at the 29 after Clay Vaughn's 33-yard punt, the Wildcats marched 71 yards on nine plays to take a 26-23 lead with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter. Quarterback Montrel Green did the honors from two yards out.
Sterlington would answer seven snaps later. Keeping on the option, Hayes Crockett's 30-yard burst finished a 70-yard drive as the Panthers went up 30-26.
The lead had changed hands for the final time.
Wossman was able to moved the chains on its next series, but eventually punted.
Starting from their own 41, the Panthers crossed midfield before turning the ball over at the 45.
Returning the favor, the Wildcats fumbled the ball back to the Panthers six plays later, with Reece Brooks making the recovery at the 33.
Following an encroachment penalty against the 'Cats, Reagor dashed 56 yards to set up Crockett's 3-yard run. Crockett's second touchdown of the evening gave the Panthers a two possession lead, 36-26, with 9:35 to play.
Setting up at its 20, Wossman picked up a pair of first downs on Zy Mortle's 14-yard reception and a personal foul facemask infraction against the Panthers. Cole Jones soon disrupted the drive, reading a third down screen pass in textbook fashion for a 3-yard loss.
Wossman, however, maintained possession on a muffed punt.
Capitalizing immediately on the fresh set of downs, Booker powered his way to paydirt from 22 yards out as Wossman reduced the deficit to 36-34 with 7:04 on the clock.
With the outcome hanging in the balance, the Panthers put the ball in the hands of Reagor and Jordan Townsend.
Overshadowed by Reagor's near-400 yard effort, Townsend quietly churned out 125 yards on 17 carries. At his best on the final drive, the junior fullback blasted through for runs of 13 and 29 yards on the first two plays of the series.
A holding call erased Reagor's 20-yard touchdown run, bringing up first-and-17 from the 27.
Undeterred, the Panthers picked up another first down at the 4 as Townsend carried for eight and Reagor for 15.
On third-and-goal from the 3, Townsend plunged into the endzone. Jacob Green's all-important PAT upped the Panthers' lead to 43-34 with 3:09 on the clock.
Townsend started the season at linebacker but returned to the backfield when Malik Davis was injured. His contributions have not gone unnoticed.
"Jordan does a good job of running and blocking," Reagor said. "Jordan and Malik can both play. Hayes is getting more comfortable at quarterback, and our offensive line is driving people off the ball. We're starting to get it together offensively."
Wossman began its final series from the minus-38, pressing into Sterlington territory on Booker's 28-yard run to the 36.
Three plays later, ends Still and Justin Fuller combined to stop a third down rushing play for a loss of three to bring up fourth-and-11 from the 37. Willie Holloway's sack finalized the verdict.
Sterlington is on the road for the next two, at Madison Parish (Oct. 19) and Union Parish (Oct. 26) before returning home for Senior Night against Richwood (Thursday, Nov. 1).