Panthers rout Cavaliers on homecoming night

Pelham's RJ McCall (2) sprints for a first down during the Panthers' 47-0 win over John Carroll on Oct. 17. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Pelham’s RJ McCall (2) sprints for a first down during the Panthers’ 47-0 win over John Carroll on Oct. 17. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

PELHAM – Pelham quarterback Logan Burnett threw for six touchdowns and a two-point conversion on Oct. 17, leading the Panthers to a 47-0 victory over the John Carroll Cavaliers.

The Panthers racked up 417 total yards of offense, 351 of which came from Burnett, who completed 20 of his 26 passing attempts.

“He played really well tonight. I’m proud of him,” head coach Brett Burnett said of his son. “We needed a win so bad. We went out and did what we needed to do.

“It was good to be back home and get a win,” Brett Burnett added.

Pelham improved to 3-5 on the season and 2-4 in Class 6A Region 5 with the win, and now moves on to face a tough slate consisting of an Oct. 24 road game at Minor followed by a home test against the Gardendale Rockets.

Backup quarterback Elisha Hudson stepped in to relieve Logan Burnett in the fourth quarter, and churned out 11 yards on the ground. Elsewhere on the Panthers’ ground attack, Giovanny Adan recorded 36 yards on three carries, and RJ McCall ended the night with 34 yards on four carries.

Jeremy Ross reeled in three passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, and JT Reed recorded 77 yards and a touchdown on one reception.

Defensive leaders for the Panthers were Connor Christian and Chase Shearer, who had 10 tackles apiece. Auston London recorded five tackles and two interceptions and Jon Drake had six tackles and a fumble recovery.

In the first quarter, Logan Burnett connected with McCall on a 48-yard touchdown pass, but the two-point conversion attempt was no good.

Pelham added four touchdowns in the second quarter: One on a 14-yard pass from Logan Burnett to Tyler Wilburn, another on a 27-yard pass from Logan Burnett to Ross, another on a 9-yard run by Adan and another on a 1-yard pass from Logan Burnett to Adan.

Logan Burnett threw for two more touchdowns in the third quarter: One on a 10-yard pass to McCall and another on a 77-yard pass to Reed.