The streak is over.
After going 0-5 against Southern in the last three seasons, Orange left no doubt who the best team is in the Big 8 3A Conference with a convincing 49-7 win in Friday night football.
The Panthers keep their unbeaten streak alive at 6-0 (1-0), while the Spartans (2-4, 0-1) suffered their worst defeat since a 42-7 loss to Jack Britt in 2012.
“This has really turned into a rivalry over the past few years,” said Orange junior Payton Wilson, who scored two touchdowns. “We had a game plan coming in and we stuck to it.”
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Orange took a 6-0 lead when junior running back Marvante Beasley ran untouched for 20 yards. The PAT was blocked.
But the Spartans came right back with a four-play, 57-yard drive, highlighted by quarterback Jalen Greene’s pretty 42-yard scamper for a 7-6 lead with 5:49 left in the first quarter.
From that point it was all Orange, which scored 15 straight points: QB Jackson Schmid’s 27-yard pass to wide receiver Cody Evans and a Wilson 65-yard punt put the Panthers up 21-7 at halftime.
And the rout was on.
After Southern recovered a fumble at the Orange 30 with a minute left in the first half, Ryan Puckett intercepted Greene. The Spartans never recovered.
THREE TO KNOW
▪ Wilson’s two TDs were on special teams: a 43-yard interception return and a 59-yard punt return.
▪ Schmid completed just one pass, a 27-yard TD that gave the Panthers a lead they never relinquished. Schmid also rushed for a TD.
▪ Beasley rushed for 190 yards on just 11 caries.
BY THE NUMBERS
3: Straight conference titles by Southern, although the Spartans had to forfeit last season’s title due to player eligibility.
5: Wins by Southern in the matchups, 0 for Southern.
4: Straight times Orange was undefeated coming into the contest.
50: Total offensive yards by Southern in the second half.
THEY SAID IT
“We run a play called the ‘Wall.’ And when I get outside that wall, it’s going to be a touchdown,” Wilson said about his two scores.