PORTLAND- With both teams coming off of a loss in their first region 5-4A games of the season, Friday night’s matchup between Portland and Greenbrier was big for both sides. It was the Bobcats coming away with their first region win with a 19-12 victory.
The Panthers came out strong early with the run game. After three runs by Devyn Fuqua, Portland (1-3, 0-2) handed it to Cade Box, who took it 49 yards for the opening score. The extra point would sail wide right, but Portland held a 6-0 lead just three minutes into the action.
Greenbrier (2-1, 1-1) answered late in the opening frame as Stoney Smith found Derek Taylor wide open in the end zone and the Bobcats would go up 7-6.
Portland answered less than a minute later, however, as Dylan Gulley was able to find the end zone on a 54-yard rush, but the two-point try would fail giving Portland a 12-7 lead early in the second quarter, which would prove to be all the Panther offense could muster on the night.
The Bobcats answered again late in the second quarter behind the legs of quarterback Braxton Laney as he would scramble to take it in from 11-yards out. The extra point fell no good and Greenbrier entered the half with a 13-12 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Bobcats pushed took their biggest lead of the night midway through the final frame as Laney connected with Brogan Harden for the 19-12 lead. Laney finished the game with 76 yards on the ground and another 153 through the air.
Portland had one last chance with under two minutes remaining, but their pass attempts would fall incomplete as the Bobcats secured their first region win of the season.
The Panthers welcome West Creek for homecoming next week, while the Bobcats return home for a region game against White House Heritage.