Fourth quarter TD lifts Panthers to win

Lincoln Prep’s Glen Hall

By T. Scott Boatright

TALLULAH — A fourth quarter score proved to be the difference as Lincoln Preparatory School won its season opener by the score of 14-6 Friday night at Madison Parish High School.

Panthers coach Glen Hall was pleased about the win. But that doesn’t mean he was pleased with everything he saw from his team.

“We made a lot of mistakes — I mean a lot of mistakes,” Hall said. “We fumbled the exchange between center and quarterback several times on big downs. It was a typical first game of the season. We made a lot of mistakes early in the game and were just able to put it all together in the end to pull off the win.”

After Madison took a 6-0 lead late in the first stanza, Lincoln Prep tied things up in the second quarter when quarterback Braylin Mayfield ran a naked bootleg 25 yards to paydirt to tie the game at 6-6.

The defensive struggle stayed tight until the fourth quarter when Mayfield hit Brandon Heard on a flare pass for a 45-yard touchdown.

Running back Jamarius Buggs added the two point conversion and finished the night with around 150 yards rushing, Hall said.

“He was our workhorse tonight, and we rode him,” Hall said. “The longer the game went, the stronger he got.

“We hit a few good passes but were really determined to run the ball. We just fumbled so many center/quarterback exchanges that really hurt us and stopped some drives. Those halted three or four good drives that we had going.”

Lincoln Prep heads east along Interstate 20 again next Friday night as the Panthers play at Plain Dealing, which opened its season with a 54-8 loss to Delta Charter.

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