By Morgan Bryce
Twenty-six seniors ended their final season at Smiths Station with a 41-14 loss to Eufaula, their eighth-consecutive defeat after a 2-0 start with wins over Russell County and Valley.
Eufaula quarterback Hess Horne carved up the Panther defense, throwing for nearly 300 yards and lighting up the scoreboard with four touchdowns.
Leading 38-0 at halftime, Eufaula erased any doubts that they were the inferior team.
The Tigers only added a field goal in the second half and led 41-0 entering the final quarter.
Smiths Station’s offense finally began to click, as the Panthers would score twice on a two-yard run from junior quarterback Jacob Blackmon and on a one-yard run from senior running back L.C. Harris.
No statistics were available for this game.
With the loss, the Panthers finish the season with a 2-8 record, their worst showing since the 2017 season when they finished 0-10. Coach Mike Glisson’s record now stands at 8-12 overall in two seasons at Smiths Station.