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A four game losing streak is enough to make any team feel like it is spiraling out of control, but the Brusly Panthers proved last Friday that they still had some fight left in them as that snatched a 20-18 win from District 6-3A opponent Glen Oaks High School.
“It felt really good to get this win,” Brusly head coach Marc Brown said. “We’ve been trying to get it going for some time now.”
The Panthers (3-4, 1-6) did what they haven’t been doing in previous games, and came out fighting, scoring 14 points in the 1st quarter.
Quarterback Jason Holliday, with 17 carries for 135 yards, and Zavian Bell with 24 carries for 134 yards, both led the Panthers in rushing.
Holiday scored first with a rushing touchdown, followed by Chase Green with a pass from Holliday to put Brusly up by 14.
The Brusly defense denied Glen Oaks (1-6, 0-4) any score in the entire first half.
Panther kicker Austin Rivault, who has been struggling with extra points, went 3-for-3 during the game.
Glen Oaks found some fire during halftime and came out fighting in the 3rd quarter, scoring 18 points and shutting the Panthers off.
The Brusly team, who had come out fighting at the beginning of the game, now found themselves trailing by 4.
Luckily for the Panthers, head coach Marc Brown and his team still had some spark left in them, and they scored one final touchdown when Holliday ran for his second touchdown of the night, followed by Rivault’s third extra point of the game to put the Panthers ahead by 3.
Now that Brusly has some of their confidence back, they are set to play their rival Port Allen Pelicans on Friday, Oct. 23, in a game that is sure to be filled with emotion (as is always the case).
“We need to carry into this week what we did last week,” Brown said. “We need to make sure we are ready to play.”
Brown said that knowing the emotions that go into the Brusly-Port Allen game each year, he has been lecturing his team on the importance of not letting their emotions take over.
“I have been trying to back them off a bit,” Brown said. “I told them that they need to stay focused and disciplined, so they can do what they need to do to execute.”
The Panthers host the Pelicans this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.