Gilbert tops Batesburg-Leesville in wild rivalry game

Batesburg-Leesville’s Marvin Gantt (6) drags down Gilbert High’s DeAndre Harris during Friday night’s rivalry game. (Staff photo by Tony Baughman)


The Gilbert Indians improved to 2-0 with a wild 52-35 victory over the Batesburg-Leesville Panthers (1-1).

Tre Robinson led B-L as he passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while Marvin Gantt finished with 138 yards on 20 carries.  For the Indians, Jy Tolen was 25-for-33 for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Unofficially,  B-L tallied 405 yards while Gilbert finished with 448 yards of offense.  Three B-L turnovers proved costly while Gilbert only lost the ball once.

B-L opened the game on fire as the defense forced a 3-and-out and turned a short drive into a 7-0 lead on a 33 yard pass from Robinson to Tee Williams.  B-L would extend the lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by Amah-Dre Leaphart.  Gilbert cut it to 14-7 before Keshoun Williams scored on a 4-yard run to make it 21-7 with 4:42 to play in the first half.  Gilbert would quickly answer to make it 21-14.

B-L looked to be driving to answer again, but a fumble at the Gilbert 23 started a painful slide.  Gilbert scored on a 77-yard pass play to quickly tie the game 21-21 with 1:21 to play before the half.  Then, as B-L attempt to convert fourth and inches with just 14 seconds to play in the half, a fumble was scooped up and returned 22 yards for a score and a 28-21 halftime lead as the Indians scored 21 unanswered points in 3:30 minutes.

Gilbert opened the second half with back-to-back scoring drives to go up 42-21 before the Panther offense got on track again.  Jackson Lorick scored on a 15-yard pass from Robinson to make it 42-27 late in the third quarter.  Gilbert answered with a field goal before B-L scored again when Robinson connected with Shauntrell Hendrix for a 67-yard scoring pass to make it 45-35 with 7:41 to play.  Gilbert added a late score and then B-L fumbled around the goal line in the final minutes to seal their fate.

Story by Jay Hendrix / Posted August 31, 2019