HARROGATE, Tenn. — Cumberland Gap officially put the rest of District 2-AA on notice Friday as they dominated South Greene 60-6.
The Panthers scored every which way — They had two safeties, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, five rushing touchdowns and two through the air.
Cumberland Gap’s defense got the scoring started early in the first quarter with a Vincent Digiulian sack in the end zone. The Panther offense then took advantage of the short field and put their first points on the board courtesy of a five yard pass from Blake Franklin to Jonathan Estes. Dylan Gambrel ran in the conversion and it was 10-0.
The Panthers recorded another safety as Wesley Nance tackled the Rebel punter in the end zone on the next possession and soon after Jordan Teague scored on a seven-yard touchdown run. Devon Helton’s kick made it 19-0.
Cumberland Gap wasn’t done scoring in the first quarter as Brandon Bailey returned a blocked punt 41 yards for a touchdown and the lead was 26-0 going into the second.
Teague added a nine-yard TD run and Nance scored from 19 yards out to put the Panther lead at 40-0.
Tim Lightfoot got South Greene on the board midway through the second quarter with a 69-yard touchdown run, but that would be all the scoring for the Rebels.
Jeremiah Lorens took a short pass from Franklin and turned it into a 74-yard touchdown and then a 24-yard TD run from Nance made the halftime score 53-6.
With the clock rolling throughout the second half, freshman Rodney Campbell capped the scoring with a three-yard TD run. Helton hit the point after to complete his night 6-of-7 on PATs.
Franklin complete all eight of his passes in the game for 170 yards. Back up Jonathan Lorens was 3-for-3 as the Panthers were perfect throwing the ball on the evening.
Nance led the ground game with 127 yards on eleven carries.
Cumberland Gap (3-0, 1-0 district) hosts Oneida next Friday.