It didn’t take long for Elizabethtown football to initiate a running clock against Thomas Nelson Friday night.
Hosting the Generals for their first home game of 2020, the Panthers had a 40-0 lead at halftime and didn’t give up a touchdown in the second half to finish with the same score on senior night.
Elizabethtown got on the board in the game’s opening minutes after winning the toss and electing to receive. Camran McNeil proceeded to run 49 yards on three plays, punching in from one yard out on the third to put the Panthers on the board. The PAT made it a 7-0 game with 10:56 left in the first quarter.
Elizabethtown started its next possession at its own 13 yard line. On 1st and 10, quarterback Clay Games delivered a deep pass to Khia Sherrard, which was brought to the house for another Panther touchdown.
Up 13-0 following a missed PAT after Sherrard’s touchdown, the Panthers did it again on their next possession when McNeil ran into the Thomas Nelson end zone from 40 yards out. An unsuccessful two-point conversion put Elizabethtown ahead 19-0 with 4:21 still on the board in the first quarter.
The Panthers found one more touchdown before the quarter’s close when TJ Allen added his own long run to the end zone. Making the play off a double reverse, Allen took the ball 58 yards for a touchdown to expand Elizabethtown’s lead. The PAT had the Panthers up 26-0 with 2:03 left in the first quarter.
Opening the second quarter on the Thomas Nelson eight-yard line, Elizabethtown started with a touchdown pass from Games to Camden Williams. The following PAT put the Panthers up 33-0 witb 11:56 to go until halftime.
As the second quarter continued, the Generals were unable to capitalize after they had one of their longer drives of the night and a fumble recovery on Elizabethtown’s ensuing punt return gave them possession again.
With under six minutes left in the first half, the Panthers responded with another long run from Allen, this time from 55 yards out for six more points. One more PAT brought the game to what would be its final score with 5:37 remaining until halftime.
The game went to a running clock not long after, with Elizabethtown not giving up any points to Thomas Nelson for the game’s remainder.
Elizabethtown (2-0) hosts Nelson County next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. meeting.