Panthers rely on ‘Dyverse’ offense to shut out Sharks

cf-28runsjThe Carolina Forest football team has a diverse offense, and it’s not just Dyverse Simmons.

The star running back rushed for more than 250 yards to lead the Panthers to a 42-0 victory over host St. James on Thursday, but several teammates had a big hand in the win. In addition to a shutout performance by the defense, Carolina Forest (2-0) had five different players score touchdowns to keep the Sharks (0-3) winless on the season.

In a mistake-prone first half, the Panthers came out ahead in the turnover battle. Following quarterback Matt Beale’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Ismael Garcia, the Carolina Forest defense stepped up with a 50-yard fumble recovery for a TD by Stephen Akel. Anthony McAfee’s 5-yard TD run put the Panthers on top 21-0 after one quarter of play.

Beale scored a TD on the ground with a 10-yard TD run for a 28-0 halftime lead, and McAfee got his second TD run of the game early in the third quarter. Simmons, who had done the bulk of the damage for the Panthers but failed to find the end zone, finally made it to paydirt with a beautiful 50-yard TD for a 42-0 lead in the third period. Carolina Forest called off the dogs late under a running clock.

Carolina Forest travels north of the Carolina border for the second time this season next Friday to face Hoggard. St. James plays host to Lake City. – Photo by Prep Stars Media

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