The Milton Panthers battled Friday night against one of the most potent offenses in the Panhandle and more than held their own.
Unfortunately, when the smoke cleared, the Panthers were on the losing end of the battle after a tough 34-21 loss to unbeaten Crestview (7-0).
The Bulldogs entered Friday’s contest averaging 52.8 points per game and had cleared the 60-point margin three times this season, including last week against rival Choctaw.
They found it to be tougher against the Panthers, as quarterback Rusty Moorer was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game. The Bulldogs settled down though, and were able to get the ball back and punch it in for a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Milton came back to tie it up on a 1-yard QB keeper by Aubrey Williams, but Crestview responded with a TD pass from Rusty Moorer to Andrew Adkins to make it 14-7 at the half.
Moorer got another TD pass to open the third quarter and create a little separation, then made it a 27-7 game early in the fourth quarter.
Milton was able to cut the lead to 27-14 with a touchdown, but Crestview ultimately got another score and held on for the win.
Week 7 prep football scores, recaps
Cottondale 48, Jay 35
The Cottondale Hornets jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead and appeared to be in cruise control, but the Jay Royals made a ballgame of it in the second half, rallying to a 48-35 margin before the Hornets were able to hold on for the victory.
Jay quarterback threw for 100 yards and two TDs to lead the Royals while James Eddings had 161 yards and a TD on the ground. Brandon Moye had one of the TD catches while Eddings caught the other one.
Cottondale led 32-14 going into the fourth quarter, when Jay erupted for 21 points to make it a ballgame.
Northview 34, Liberty County 15
The Northview Chiefs found themselves in a 15-0 hole early in their contest with Liberty County on Friday, but the Chiefs battled back and scored 34 unanswered points en route to the 34-15 win.
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