Coming off a breakout junior season, David Legette wanted to show that last year’s 14-touchdown, 1,436-yard campaign wasn’t a fluke for the Carolina Forest running back.
He needed just one play to do that.
Legette took his first handoff more than 70 yards to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead over Lower Richland on the opening play from scrimmage. He would find the end zone two more times before the end of the Panthers’ 41-6 blasting of the Diamond Hornets Friday.
“It felt pretty good,” Legette said of initial first run. “I feel like it made a statement of just what’s to come of our season this year.”
Along with Legette, fellow senior Raquan Brown added a pair of rushing scores and quarterback Mason Garcia connected with wideout Josh Murphy for another TD, too.
Defensively, the Panthers didn’t allow any points until late in the fourth quarter, and the offensive and defensive lines clearly overpowered Lower Richland.
“Just dominated up front,” said senior lineman Mason McCue. “Honestly, it wasn’t even a contest. Every week we practice, we think that our D-line is the best D-line we’re going to face. … and they showed it in this game.”
Like Legette, McCue said scoring on the first play set the tone for the night at Lower Richland.
“It just builds a whole lot of confidence,” he said. “We practice all summer and we came into this game thinking, ‘We have to score. We have to score. We have to score.’ So that was really our main goal in this game — just put as many points on the board as we can and dominate.”
The Panthers don’t have a home game until Sept. 13 against Hoggard. Next week, Carolina Forest will be on the road again at Colleton County.
“They made the second round of the playoffs last year,” Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris said. “The test for us is just being able to get on the bus, drive three hours and see what it’s going to be. But, you know, we get those kinds of travel games in the playoffs, too, and it’s something we try to prepare our team for.”