PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula head coach Lewis Sims and his Panthers faced a tough challenge in going helmet-to-helmet with Class 6A George County.
Sims was aable to utilize two running backs for the first time this season and the two seniors responded big-time.
Reginald Hunter ripped off 148 yards on 17 carries and cracked the Rebels end zone twice.
Avaricious Walker banged out 102 yards on 18 attempts and scored a touchdown. The duo helped keep the ball away from the George County high-octane offense which led to a 36-29 Panthers victory.
Walker and Hunter are LOX Co-Players of the Week.
Walker said, "We always look forward to playing together and this was our first time since my sophomore year being on the field at the same time. When we're together the offense just clicks instantly. We put the pressure on George County and nobody expected it."
Walker sat out the entire 2015 season after tearing his CAL and Hunter is recovering from a calf injury.
"It makes it very difficult to handle with two good running backs. "stated Hunter. "I don't think the defense can stop it."
Hunter says his calf injury is healed and he's feeling good.
Coach Sims says it was a blessing to get over the hump on Friday.
"Those losses pile up and your mentality suffers, but our guys fought through that, "stated Sims. "They were ble to get that crucial "W". Now we're heading into regional on a high note and that's exactly where we wanted to be."
Pascagoula has a bye-week and open Region 4-5A play on September 23 hosting Long Beach at War Memorial Stadium.