Starr’s Mill lost a 28-21 non-region game to Chapel Hill, a 28-10 decision to rival Sandy Creek and a 21-14 region contest to Jonesboro.
“Even against Sandy Creek (the No. 6 team in Class AAAAAA) we moved the ball between the 20s,” Phillips said. “We just couldn’t score.”
The Griffin game could be a turnaround moment for the Panthers, who still run behind the old-school option. They’re good at it, too. They had a scoring drive against Griffin that consumed 10 minutes off the clock.
Hunter Lawson runs the show at quarterback and has thrown for 216 yards, just enough to be a threat. Ben Bodne (289 yards, four TDs) and Kalen Sims (231 yards) have been the most productive running backs.
Sims is finally rounding back into the form that made him an all-region tailback. He broke a bone in his foot in the playoffs and has finally gotten his confidence back.
“He is back to playing like he had been,” Phillips said.