Panther Creek survived upset-minded Holly Springs 24-21 in double overtime during the opening round of the NCHSAA 4AA tournament Friday night.
The Catamounts overcame a 14-0 deficit in the fourth quarter and took their only lead of the night on Phillip Stone’s 21-yard field goal in double overtime.
On Holly Springs’ ensuing possession, the Catamounts stopped running back Nehemiah Harris at the goal line on third and fourth.
After a scoreless first half, Holly Springs took a 7-0 lead on Tray Staten’s 63-yard touchdown catch on the third play of the second half. Marcus Cox, Josh Dickerson and Eddie Okeiga all intercepted Panther Creek passes in the third quarter. Cox’s pick and 48-yard return led to Harris’ 10-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead with five minutes left in the third.
The Catamounts turned things around in the fourth quarter. After a blocked field goal, quarterback Brenden Magner hit receiver Justin Smalls for a 75-yard touchdown pass. Magner threw his second touchdown of the night to Ryan Callahan with 3:03 to play, tying the game at 14-14.
Justin Armwood gave the Golden Hawks a 21-14 lead in the first overtime with a 1-yard run. Panther Creek responded immediately, with Magner and Smalls hooking up on a 10-yard pass.