Powell Wins Big Over Science Hill
On Friday night, the Science Hill Hilltoppers hosted the Powell Panthers in a heavily anticipated matchup, as any game involving the number one recruit in the nation promises to be. Walter Nolen, a 5-star defensive tackle for the Panthers, sits atop ESPN’s 300 list at the 1 spot. Recruited by schools in every corner of college football, Nolen promises to put on a show every week, and did he ever deliver Friday against Science Hill.
A 36 yard pass from senior Quarterback Jordyn Potts to Wide Receiver Jayden Collins would set Powell up for a 15 yard touchdown pass to break the ice first, making it 7-0 Panthers.
Science Hill wouldn’t be so fruitful, however. Their first offensive snap would be a wild one, flying over quarterback Jaxon Diamond’s head for a 15 yard loss. An incomplete pass and QB hit by Walter Nolen would lead to the game’s first punt.
The Panthers picked up right where they left off, adding to their lead on a 28 yard touchdown reception by junior wideout Ayden Greene, making it 14-0 Powell.
Walter Nolen would go down on the next play, the first of three occurrences where the 300-pounder would be banged up after a whistle. He would counter this, however, with 2 QB hits and 3 combined sacks.
With 9:44 left in the first half, Jordyn Potts would heave a 50-yard touchdown pass to Ayden Greene once again. The Panthers would get the ball back and after a few penalties, Potts would scramble for a 61 yard touchdown rush, extending their lead to 28-0.
Science Hill’s final drive of the second quarter would look hopeful, until a textbook 4th down deflection by Owen Peterson shot down the Hilltopper momentum. They would give the ball back to Panthers in favorable field position, who would take advantage with a deflected touchdown pass caught by Gianni Magdos, extending the Powell lead to 35-0.
The final score at Steve Spurrier Field would be a resounding one, as the Panthers etched up 42 to Science Hill’s 14. The Player of the Game would be Powell Quarterback Jordyn Potts, who threw for over 300 yards, and racked up 6 total touchdowns, with two of those rushing. Powell’s defense, which has struggled this year, showed up big time with 4 sacks and an interception by Ayden Greene. This game was a nice transition for the Panthers, as they will now host two games in a row at home.
Sitting at 2-2, Science Hill will now play William Blount and Maryville, followed by both Morristown Hamblen schools.