Top-ranked Abbeville tops Batesburg-Leesville at homecoming

Amah-Dre Leaphart (5) stiff-arms an Abbeville defender during the Panthers’ ill-fated Region opener last Friday night. (Staff photos by Shanez Padgett)

The Batesburg-Leesville Panthers played a solid game Friday night against the No. 1-ranked Abbeville Panthers before falling 30-6.

The Panthers, now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in Region 2-AA, will host Silver Bluff (2-4, 0-1) Friday night at Panther Stadium. Silver Bluff lost to Saluda 55-0 last week.

Jackson Lorick takes to the air to haul in a 16-yard reception in Batesburg-Leesville’s loss to Abbeville.

B-L took the opening kickoff and moved the ball down the field with a quick passing game.  Tre Robinson was 5-for-8 on the drive for 52 yards before the drive stalled on downs at the Abbeville 38.  Abbeville then moved the ball back into B-L territory before Vernard Ramage intercepted a Thomas Beauford pass at the 24-yard line to end the threat midway through the first quarter.

B-L would then mount a 73-yard drive. Mixing in the running over Amah-Dre Leaphart and several timely completions from Robinson, the Panthers drove deep before stalling at the Abbeville 3 and turning it over on downs again.

Abbeville then marched out from deep in their own territory and again made it into B-L territory before a fumbled exchange was recovered by Darius Dennis at the 32-yard line with 7:40 to play in the second quarter with no score.

B-L would go three-and-out, and Abbeville’s Titus Paul returned the punt into B-L territory but fumbled. However, this time Abbeville recovered at the B-L 28, and four plays later, facing fourth down and inches, Cruz Temple took an inside handoff, broke through the line and sprinted for an 18-yard touchdown.  Dylan Beauford’s kick was good, and Abbeville led 7-0 with 4:15 to play in the half.

On the next series, a penalty negated a 45-yard pass from Robinson to Damazhay Long and instead started a march backwards. After the penalty and a sack, B-L was faced with third down and 23 at their own 7-yard line. Robinson had to retrieve a high snap and, facing a safety, batted the ball out of the back of the end zone to give Abbeville a 9-0 lead with 2:28 to play in the half. That would be the score at the break.

In the third quarter, Abbeville took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards in 14 plays with Tyrell Haddon scoring on a 5-yard run on another fourth and inches conversion. This time, Haddon went around left end for the score to make it 16-0 for Abbeville with 4:57 to play in the third quarter.

B-L fumbled on their next possession, and Abbeville attempted a 48-yard field goal but Beauford’s kick hit the cross bar and went under. B-L then took over at the 20.

A Panther punt was followed by an Abbeville fumble on first down with Meosphia Yarbrough recovering at the B-L 19. B-L then mixed in running between Leaphart and Robinson as well as six completions to moved the ball the length of the field.  Robinson came up with a huge 6-yard run on fourth and six at the Abbeville 11, getting just enough for the first down.

Keshoun Williams finally got B-L on the board with a 1-yard run to make it 16-6 with 6:55 to play in the game. B-L went for two but Robinson’s pass was batted down.

After the B-L pooch kick attempt went out of bounds, Abbeville started at their own 35. Abbeville then marched down the field for another touchdown, with Haddon scoring from a yard out to make it 23-6 with 3:37 to play.  B-L would then go three and out, but Abbeville managed to block the punt and Da’Marquise Jackson scooped up the ball and rumbled in from 15 yards out for the final touchdown of the game. Beauford’s kick made it 30-6 with 2:33 to play.

B-L would fumble two plays later before Abbeville took a knee to end the game.

Robinson finished with 140 yards passing, his sixth game of the season with more than 100 yards passing and now has 968 yards on the season, a sophomore passing record.


Story by Jay Hendrix / Updated October 5, 2019