The varsity football team gave defending champion Lausanne Collegiate everything it could handle in Friday's TSSAA DII-A Quarterfinal game, coming up just short in the end by a score of 35-21.
The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard first with a 7-yard touchdown pass from senior Eric Stoxstill-Diggs to Lance Wilhoite. Within minutes of the first score, senior Watson Tansil intercepted a Lynx pass and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Panthers a 14-0 lead early in the game.
After a Lynx touchdown pass late in the first quarter, Stoxstill-Diggs found Wilhoite again for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Lausanne scored a touchdown before the half, bringing the halftime score to 21-13.
The Panthers have advanced in the TSSAA DII-A playoffs, defeating St. George's Independent School (Memphis) 17-6 on Friday.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers were the first on the board early in the second when Stoxstill-Diggs connected with junior Lance Wilhoite on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Freshman kicker Jack Norris added to the Panther lead with a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter. Stoxstill-Diggs found Wilhoite for a 12-yard Panther touchdown in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Gryphons.
The FRA varsity cross country team had a strong showing in the TSSAA DII-A Region Meet on Thursday with the boys team finishing second overall with an average time of 19:02.48, and the girls finishing third with an average time of 24:13:85.
On the boys side, sophomores Andrew Cox and Ethan Rhoden led the Panthers, finishing second and third overall, respectively.