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McCollum's Column: Greenbrier for 2 and 2 and 2 and 2 and 2 and 2

Posted: September 3, 2014 - 5:04pm

LITTLE ROCK — The Greenbrier Panthers have a place-kicker; they really, really do,

Tuesday night against Beebe, he was in some kind of witness protection program, maybe disguised as an usher.

He was hidden somewhere behind a “swinging gate.”

In a 48-29 victory over Beebe on Tuesday in the First Security Kickoff Classic at War Memorial Stadium, Greenbrier went for two six straight times after touchdowns.

The Panthers spread the field. They overloaded to one side with most of the linemen and put the center in the middle and one or two games on the opposite end. They snapped the ball to sophomore quarterback Carter Burcham, who did a Johnny Manziel flag football type of thingy and searched for a gap and an open receiver.

Greenbrier converted six straight times (an extra touchdown), which we’ll unofficially call a world record.

“We decided to go with a little thing with Burcham and he just made it work,” said Greenbrier coach Randy Tribble. “It was working so well, we decided just to keep running it until they stopped it. So we kept running it.”

It was an impressive opener for the Panthers, who were 4-7 a year ago.

Their spread attack was much more balanced with the running of tailback Carson Matthews, a wide receiver a year ago. Matthews, who rushed for 84 yards, had touchdown run of 14, 8 and 6 yards and had a 60-yard scoring scamper called back because of a penalty. He was named the game’s outstanding player ion the event, co-sponsored by The Buzz 103.7 FM.

“Carson is a gamer,” Tribble said. “He has a little wiggle and some strength and balance. He gives us a dimension we haven’t had in awhile. I know when we got close to the goal line, he looked really good to me.”

Greenbrier’s two regular quarterbacks, Will Drewry and Harold Ross, both rotated and led touchdown drives. They threw to more than a half-dozen receivers who seemed to pop up at random all over the field.

“I was excited about the number of guys who made plays,” Tribble said. “We knew we had a number of guys who could catch the ball and quarterbacks who could get the ball to them. We thought our offensive line would be a strength and give us a chance to run the ball.”

Greenbrier was hitting on all cylinders against the hard-nosed Badgers, who run a dead-T with firepower.

The Panthers founded a well-oiled swinging gate.

Six two-point conversions.

Nice double trifecta.

 

(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 5010-505-1235 or david.mccollum@thecabin.net. Follow him on Twitter @dmaclcd)

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