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PANTHERS ROLL: Donnavin Shealey and Travaunta Abner high-five after a touchdown run by Shealey in the first half of Friday’s game. Photo by Daniel Evans

Lanett stays unbeaten in blowout win

The Lanett Panthers improved to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 54-6 win over the Autaugaville Friday night. 

The only hiccup in the first half came when Lanett had to burn a timeout before their first offensive snap of the game. From there, the Panthers rattled of a four-play drive that resulted in a Donnavin Shealey touchdown. Autaugaville fumbled the ensuing kickoff giving the Panthers the ball back with 6:20 left in the first quarter. 

Alabama commit Kristian Story showed off his athleticism and arm strength with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Larontavious Hurston and later added a touchdown scramble that put Lanett up 27-0. 

Offense was not the only side of the ball shining on the night, as the Lanett defense forced four turnovers in the first half, including a scoop and score by Dai’shun Walker. The defense ended the night with five forced turnovers. 

After the game, Lanett Head Coach Clifford Story, Jr. said he was happy with the win and expressed his respect and admiration for Autaugaville Head Coach Jarvaris Jackson. 

 “I just want to get my young guys some reps for down the road, so as we get close to the playoffs we will have some guys with some game experience and it will maybe help us down the road,” Story said. 

Coach Story is looking for a fast and physical game next week as Lanett hosts Notasulga in a key region game. 

“We just have to make sure we go out and prepare like we are supposed to prepare and get ready to play them, it’s going to be a dogfight.” 

Story said the key to victory next week is to make sure the team takes care of all three phases of the game.