Friday’s big cat fight between Spring Hill and Henderson was one-sided from the start, as the visiting Lions scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and reached an impressive 56-0 against the host Panthers at Panther Stadium.
Henderson (3-1) took a 35-0 halftime lead while racking up 359 total yards of attack. Spring Hill (2-2) was limited to just 42 total yards – minus two rushing – in the first two quarters.
The only first-half excitement for the Panthers was the final play, when a 49-yard field goal attempt by Henderson’s Julien Garza failed at the goal line and Spring Hill’s Zane Mason returned the blow. of foot along the entire length of the field for an apparent two points. However, the game was called back on an illegal block that kept the Panthers off the scoreboard at the break.
Henderson quarterback Jacobe Robinson was unstoppable in the first half, completing 17 of 20 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. He distributed the ball to six different receivers in the first half, three of whom – Jamal Robinson, Deuce Davis and Tabaius Jackson – scored points.
The Lions offense began its first possession after limiting Spring Hill to a quick three-and-out after the opening kickoff. Ya’corus Porter soared four yards to cap a quick six-game, 58-yard run that was underscored by a stunning 40-yard pass from Jacobe Robinson to Jamal Robinson who put the Lions in the 10.
The Panthers’ next practice began with promises, as Spring Hill recorded one of his first two downs in the first half. Quarterback Jax Stovall hit Austin Bell for 11 yards to set up a first down at the Panther 45. A false start and sack set up a 3rd and 21 of 34, but Stovall found Ryan McClain for 19 yards. to get the Panthers to a 4th and 2 from Henderson 47. However, another false start penalty pushed the Panthers back to their midfield side and forced a punt.
Henderson wasted no time in increasing his lead, as the Robinsons clung again for a 62-yard touchdown on the third game after the punt to give the Lions a 14-0 lead.
The Lions sidelined the game with three touchdowns in the second quarter. Jacobe Robinson connected with Jackson for a five-yard touchdown pass on a fourth play, then connected with Davis at 13 yards to make it 28-0. The final decisive half-time score came when Dallas Alexander soared 13 yards with just under three minutes left in the half.
Spring Hill got his best practice of the night in his first possession of the second half, but Stovall was selected in the red zone by Porter who came back 92 yards for a Lions defensive touchdown. The night’s final scores came on an 18-yard run by Alexander and a 78-yard catch and run by Jamal Robinson to end the Lions feast.
Jacobe Robinson finished with a monster night – 19 of 24 for 342 yards and four touchdowns. Jamal Robinson had a total of five catches for 196 yards and two scores of 62 and 78 yards. Alexander led Henderson’s 240-yard rushing attack with a team record of 136 yards on 17 carries with two scores.
Stovall finished 8 of 22 for Spring Hill for 91 yards, while Brennan Ferguson caught three passes for 20 yards. The Panthers ended the night with just 30 yards on the ground.
Spring Hill will regroup and hit the road next Friday to Bullard for its last out-of-district game before kicking off district action in two weeks at home against Gilmer. Henderson will open their district program next week with a road trip to Athens.