On Friday night against Appalachian, junior tailback Trey Littlefield rushed for 163 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Panthers past Appalachian 21-6.
Littlefield also had a solid night defensively, as he returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. He also had two tackles for losses, rushed two passes and finished with four total tackles.
“He played real solid tonight,” Howard said. “We have a nice rotation of running backs, and they all had a pretty good game. A lot of that goes to our offensive line. I was proud of them.”
Jake Scott rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries. Tyler Messer added 72 yards on 12 carries.
Spring Garden (1-0) held a 7-0 lead at the half. Appalachian (0-1) scored a touchdown at the end of the third quarter to make it 7-6. The Eagles went for the two-point conversion, but the attempt was stopped for a loss by the Panthers’ Tyler Smart.
Littlefield tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Spring Garden put the game away.