Written by Jamarcus Alexander
Week one lived up to the great hype as expected when McKinley played Scotlandville in the first annual Heritage Bowl. In the past, the great rival used to be played in Week five but McKinley High coach Robert Signater moved it up to week one so all of his players could focus on the season. McKinley coaching staff knew it was going to be a challenge stopping Scotlandville’s dual threat, quarterback Levi Lewis and wide receiver Chris Johnson. In the first-ever Heritage Bowl McKinley High Panthers fell short to Scotlandville High Hornets.
The game was hard fought and extremely loud thanks to team fans and entertainment by special musical guests Boo Milton and, “The Best Band in the Land,” The Human Jukebox. Our panthers weren’t on the winning end of the score, but the game still played out like an NFL Super Bowl.
In the start of the game, our Panthers had trouble stopping Scotlandville quarterback Levi Lewis, who hooked up with wide-receiver Chris Johnson for two quick touchdown passes in the first quarter and shortly before halftime. In the second half, our panthers were still faced with adversity as they encountered trouble cutting off the other team’s runs and passes. With every obstacle the Panthers faced, another precious second slipped away. The game, as the kids say, “got ugly real quick.” The final score was Scotlandville 44, McKinley 0.
In an exclusive interview with the McKinley Blue Print newspaper, Coach Robert Signater expressed his disappointment with the outcome of last week’s game, and his optimistic plans for the team’s performance in the future.
Click here for a transcript of the interview.