Cleveland clamps down on Oakman



–courtesy www.southernexposurephotos.com Panther defensive lineman Canaan Beavers (78) pressures the Oakman quarterback.

–courtesy www.southernexposurephotos.com Panther defensive lineman Canaan Beavers (78) pressures the Oakman quarterback.


Battling injury and illness, the Cleveland Panthers dispatched the Oakman Wildcats 41-19 before a spirited homecoming crowd last Friday night at Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium.

Cleveland jumped out to a 13-0 lead early only to see Oakman tie the game 13-13 in the second quarter.

Dusty Cornelius connected with Geoffrey Gammon on a 12-yard toss before the half and the Panthers took a 19-13 lead to the break.

Cornelius scored on a 21-yard late in the third period and then hit Austin Hazelrig for the two-point conversion to put the home team up 27-13 and the rout was on.

The Panther defense, playing without several starters, gave up plenty of yards but kept the Wildcats off the board again until the game was already decided.

Cornelius led the Panthers with 139 yards rushing and a touchdown while Wayne Woodard added 67 yards and two scores.

Cornelius completed 6 of 9 through the air for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Cleveland improved to 3-3 overall, 2-2 in 2A Region 7. Oakman remained winless on the year.