Wellborn Panthers Showcase Explosive Offense, Scorches Beulah with 60 Points
In a stunning display of offensive firepower, the Wellborn Panthers reignited their winning ways by decimating the Beulah Bobcats in a dominant performance that culminated in a remarkable 60-34 victory. After a lackluster showing in Week 1, where they mustered only seven points in a loss to Ohatchee, the Panthers unleashed their frustration on the Bobcats, amassing a staggering 455 total yards and eight touchdowns.
Head coach Jeff Smith attributed his team’s resurgence to the perfectly timed bye week. During this period, they were able to address their weaknesses, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their performance on the field. Reflecting on their progress, Smith expressed confidence in their current trajectory, stating, We were able to clean things up, and I think we’re headed in the right direction.
Leading the offensive charge was Carlos CJ Hubbard, who proved to be an unstoppable force, making his presence felt early and often in the end zone. Coach Smith expressed his pride in Hubbard’s growth and the significant impact it has had on the team’s success. Despite receiving just eight touches in the game, Hubbard tallied an impressive 109 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. Additionally, he made significant contributions on defense with four tackles and an interception, as well as setting up touchdown drives with explosive kick returns.
Hubbard’s triumph was complemented by a stellar performance from Jabari Williams, who played a pivotal role in Wellborn’s victory. Williams led the offense with 14 carries, surpassing the 200-yard mark and adding a 72-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was the big plays generated by both Hubbard and Williams that ultimately ensured victory for the Panthers, as they pulled away from a 14-14 tie in the first quarter.
Coach Smith also had high praise for Noah Screws, who has steadily acclimated himself to running the Panthers’ offense after replacing long-time starter Grayson Johnson. Friday’s game showcased Screws’ best all-around performance thus far, as he orchestrated three touchdowns, one of which he scored himself on the ground. Screws relied heavily on his tight end Brennan Talley, with the duo connecting for two touchdowns, one spanning 31 yards and the other an impressive 51-yard reception.
Notable highlights from past matchups between Wellborn and Beulah include Wellborn’s consistent scoring prowess, with the Panthers amassing a minimum of 60 points in their last two encounters. In their most recent clash in 2022, Wellborn notched an incredible 62 points. Additionally, the Beulah Bobcats showcased their resilience, concluding the game with an impressive 307 yards gained through rushing. Unfortunately, Beulah quarterback Demarion Foreman exited the game in the fourth quarter, potentially dampening their spirit.
Looking ahead, the Wellborn Panthers, currently standing at 1-2 in the 3A Region 4, will continue their regional campaign with a matchup against Dadeville next week. Meanwhile, the Beulah Bobcats, holding a 2-2 record in the same region, will enjoy a bye week before facing Prattville Christian.
In summary, the Wellborn Panthers emphatically announced their return to form with a dominant offensive display against the Beulah Bobcats. Led by the remarkable performances of Carlos CJ Hubbard, Jabari Williams, and Noah Screws, the Panthers powered their way to a convincing 60-34 victory. Coach Smith’s strategic use of the bye week paid dividends, allowing the team to regroup and set their sights on future success. As Wellborn looks to maintain their winning momentum, their upcoming showdown with Dadeville promises to be another exciting chapter in their journey.