After a sluggish start to the season, the Panthers appear headed in the right direction after registering back to back victories.
Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter to Edmonson County, Russellville's running game took control and led the Panthers to a 40-23 win over the Wildcats.
Sophomore Damien Elam has assumed the role of Russellville's newest playmaker, running for 181 yards on five carries and scoring a combined four touchdowns. Senior fullback Craig Matthews also posted strong numbers, finishing with 105 yards on ten carries. Russellville's ground attack accounted for 415 of the team's 463 total yards of offense.
In defeat, Edmonson County (2-1, 0-1 Class 3A, District 2) had its strongest night of the season on offense. Zack Vincent led the Wildcats with 137 rushing yards on 14 carries, while quarterback Brent Smith completed 11 of his 22 pass attempts for 135 yards and two touchdowns, one in the air and one on the ground.
Russellville (2-1, 1-0 Class 3A, District 2) travels to Adair County next Friday while Edmonson County hosts Metcalfe County.