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Southerners move 2-1 after dominating Panthers

The offense rolled up 502 yards, the defense forced five turnovers, and the Southside Southerners strolled to a 44-6 win over Heber Springs on the road Friday night, giving them back-to-back wins in Heber for the first time in school history (winning last year 37-8), as they head into their off week before beginning 5A conference play for the first time.

The scoring started early for the Southerners as Colby Harris ran for a 64-yard touchdown on their first possession barely four minutes into the game. This would be a sign of things to come as the offensive line would dominate the game, leading the Southerners to 445 yards on the ground and touchdown runs of 64, 85, and 63 yards.

Seth Case carried eight times in the first half for 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Southerners led 34-6 at the break. An early third quarter score invoked the mercy rule with four minutes gone in the third quarter, and Coach Simpson got the opportunity to play the Southerners’ younger players.

Brandon Lopez capped the scoring with a 37-yard field goal with 8:19 to play in the game. The Southerners’ defense continues to dominate, giving up 13 points over the last 10 quarters of play, forcing 3 fumbles, and intercepting two Panthers pass attempts.

The Southerners move to 2-1 in overall play and will be off this Friday before playing host to Forrest City the following Friday as they play their first 5A conference game in school history.

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Article by Chris Vines

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