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Chapel Hill Panthers end season in playoffs
by Ericka Birdsong
November 21, 2012 11:03 AM | 2674 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chapel Hill running back John-Chester Owens runs the ball during a recent practice.
Chapel Hill running back John-Chester Owens runs the ball during a recent practice.
Tre Mitchell’s yeoman rushing effort was not enough as Johnson-Savannah ended Chapel Hill’s season 32-23 Friday night in the first round of the GHSA Class AAA playoffs.

Mitchell rushed 42 times for 260 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Brett Roberts threw touchdown passes to John-Chester Owens and Jeremiah Bridges, according to the Savannah Morning News.

After finishing the regular season with a 6-4 overall record, 5-2 in the region, the Panthers made it into the playoffs as the Region 4 second seed.

“I’m excited for the kids. They’ve worked hard each week to get better and better, they believed in the program and put the work in so I’m happy for them and proud of them,” first-year head coach Geoff Pastrick said last week.

While Pastrick is proud of his team, he said playoffs were never something they really talked about during the season. They just worked to get better every week, he said.

Mitchell led the team in rushing with 1,619 yards and 17 touchdowns. Roberts led the team in passing yards.

John-Chester Owens, Tre Owens and M.J. Rookard led the team in receptions, while Marquise Bedford led the team in tackles.

With anticipation of the first round of playoffs, the Panthers, according to Pastrick, were focused in a way that they haven’t been all season long.

“They’re focused. We had a good week of practice getting better and better every day. They have a dfferent type of focus than before. They’re not high or low, I think they’re just right,” Pastrick said.

Prior to the round one playoff bout, Pastrick made sure his team was ready for the visiting Johnson Atom Smashers from Savannah Friday night. While the two teams did not have any mutual opponents this season, Pastrick said he was aware of their strong offense.

“They’re real athletic and very explosive on offense and sound on defense. We have to be on our game in order to slow them down on offense. We need to be balanced and take advantage of every opportunity,’ Pastrick said.

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