Palmetto products shine as Panthers claw past Texans

nfl-normantexansSeveral members of the Houston Texans enjoyed homecomings to the Carolinas on Sunday, but the Panthers made sure they weren’t welcome on the football field. Carolina beat the Texans 24-17 to send the home crowd, not the returning natives, home happy.

Former Gamecocks and Rock Hill natives Jadeveon Clowney and Johnathan Joseph, and ex-Clemson standout Deandre Hopkins from Central, SC, were among the Texans with Palmetto State ties in the game. Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, had two tackles, while Joseph made five. Hopkins caught five passes for 53 yards.

But it was the Panthers (2-0), with the help of a pair of former Coastal Carolina standout, who sent the Texans back to Houston with a second loss of the season. Josh Norman made five tackles, including one for a loss, and Mike Tolbert carried five times for 31 yards while catching two passes for 4 yards.

Cam Newton ran for one touchdown and threw for two to lead the Panthers to victory in their home opener. Playing without injured defensive star Luke Keuchly, the Carolina defense held the Texans to 239 yards of total offense.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

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