Daviess County stays dominant in victory over Warren East, ties regular-season record for wins

October 30, 2021 | 12:05 am

Updated October 30, 2021 | 8:28 am

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The Daviess County Football team tied their best regular-season record in school history with a dominant 58-14 win over Warren East Friday night. The same level of versatility on the offensive end and resiliency on the defensive that has allowed them to prosper all season propelled the Panthers to their ninth victory. 

The Panthers (9-1, 5-0 class 6A, 4-0 district 1) used the evening to celebrate their seniors, a group they’ve leaned on for production the past three years. They’ve grown and evolved collectively within those three years to create a new standard for Daviess County Football and transformed themselves into playoff contenders. 

The Daviess County coaching staff spoke high praises about the group and attributed much of their success to the growing pains they’ve overcome throughout the years. 

“This was a dangerous game because of the small crowd and low energy, and there wasn’t much to play for, but our seniors came out with great energy and ready to play,” said head coach Matt Brannon. “We’ve entirely shifted our mindsets; I told them in the huddle that our goal from this point forward is to be state champions. That’s something we say every year, but we’re at a point now where we have some merit behind what we’re saying, and these seniors have created that culture.”

Led by all-state quarterback and Mr. Football candidate Joe Humphreys, the Panthers’ offense has been explosive all year. Offensive coordinator Jordan Leach says that his groups’ versatility provides them ample opportunities to counter what any defense throws at them. 

“The mix of production from different players has been outstanding; it’s not like there’s one receiver that’s doing it all,” Leach said. “It’s not like it’s run dominant or pass dominant — we’re well balanced. Having Bryson (Parm) back makes us a lot more dangerous with the run game.”

Parm battled injuries all season, returning for minimal snaps last week against Apollo before making his presence known against the Raiders. The senior running back totaled 31 yards on the ground and converted two screen passes into touchdowns — one from 64 yards out and the other from 26. 

He will share the workload with Gunnar Evans moving forward, who put the team on his back while the injury sidelined Parm. The workhorse plays both sides of the ball for the Panthers and is among the top in tackles. He tallied 66 yards on the ground with one touchdown. 

When paired with the electric receiving core of Isaiah Tomes, Decker Renfrow, Max Dees, and company, the Panthers will be a tough out for any opponent.

The Daviess County defense has only allowed more than three touchdowns on one occasion the year, stifling most receiving cores with a dominant secondary. Defensive coordinator Quadarius Wallace said that his team still has some things to tidy up but is pleased with their performance overall. 

“We held them to below our average, and we tackled well, but that remains an area that we need to improve on daily,” Wallace said. “The kids fought hard and were dialed in, and I couldn’t be more proud of the way they played defensively.

“This senior class is extraordinary — they’ve been playing with me for three years, the growth that they’ve made is undeniable. I’m super proud of them; we’re going to enjoy this ride and take it as far as we can.”

After a slow start, the Panthers jumped on the board first when a 45-yard pass from Humphreys to Dees set up a 5-yard touchdown run for Humphreys. Dees snagged an interception on the ensuing drive to give the Panthers excellent field position.

Humphreys followed with a scramble that he took 40 yards for a touchdown, showcasing his athleticism by breaking multiple tackles while en route. 

The Raiders responded briefly by sandwiching a 22-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Dave Parsley between both of Parm’s scores. That made it 29-7 at halftime. 

Daviess County scored first in the second half on a 32-yard touchdown run by Gunnar Evans, bulldozing several defenders on the way. Parsley responded for Warren East by connecting with Tray Price deep downfield for a 72-yard touchdown. 

Humphreys was quick to retaliate with a bomb of his own, this one a 50-yard find to Renfrow that set up a 6-yard touchdown reception for Luke Floyd. Humphreys looked effortless the entire evening, finding Tomes 28 yards downfield for a touchdown before passing the torch to Luke Wilson. 

Wilson marched the Panthers 42 yards to set up a Luke Hagedorn touchdown and the final score of the evening. 

Next Friday, the Panthers will look to extend their 7-game winning streak when they host McCracken County in the first round of the Class 6A 2021 UK Orthopedics State Football Finals. Depending on how things fall, Daviess County could potentially host the first three rounds of the playoffs. 

“We haven’t been in this position where we have a legitimate chance to make a deep run in the playoffs,” Brannon said. “Obviously, we have some big obstacles in front of us versus some tough teams, but we feel confident that we’re going to be able to compete at a high level regardless of who we line up against.”

October 30, 2021 | 12:05 am

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