CENTRAL — The Daniel Lions hosted the Palmetto Mustangs last Friday after ending its longest losing streak since 1976 and not only did they continue their winning ways, they made history with its 37-7 home win.
Daniel (2-3, 2-0), despite its slow start and spotting an early lead to Palmetto, was able to correct its early mistakes to post the win and claim the 500th win in school history behind the efforts of QB Ben Batson and RB Stephen Kirksey as they would combine for six of the Lions’ seven scores.
Batson would open the game under center for Daniel and fumble the ball away on the Lions’s first drive of the night, spotting Palmetto a short field, of which they took advantage, jumping out to an early 7-0 lead. If the Daniel faithful were worried, they need not have done so as the Lions would roar back into the game quickly and post 37 unanswered points and storm their way to the historic moment.
Defensively Daniel had a stellar night, keeping Palmetto out of the endzone and allowing the offense to coordinate drive after drive following a breather on the sidelines. The Lions’ defensive effort was led by T. J. Reese who posted multiple sacks and multiple tackles for loss in the one-sided victory.
Even with the historic significance of the win, the way in which Daniel took the lead and commanded the momentum of the entire game, there was a long moment of held breath following a collision between Palmetto’s Austin Lowe on defense and Daniel’s Jacob Maloney.
Maloney was down and play stopped for over half an hour following the collision, with both teams joining hands and praying before deciding, in light of the event, the remaining six minutes would go unplayed.
Daniel will play host to Wren (2-3, 1-1) Oct. 2 in Central with kick off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.