Union County’s big men up front paved the way to historic success for the Panthers in Week 6. And it came in crunch time, as Union found itself in a basketball-type score against Putnam County.
For their efforts, the O-line earned The Otter’s Chicken Offensive Line of the Week honors, announced weekly by GHSF Daily, a daily newsletter throughout high school football season that covers every program in the state.
The Panthers’ group consists of Drake Groves, Aaron Helton, Nathan Brooks, Lance Patton, and Bobby Rogers. The five-man crew paved the way for the offense to put up 720 total yards of offense. 426 of those came from the arm of Pierson Allison, while 294 came on the ground.
The 74-57 win marked the highest-ever scoring output in Union County history. Allison threw 6 touchdown passes, with Kyle Morlock hauling in 7 catches for 172 yards and 2 TD, and Sawyer Drake coming in with 9 receptions for 161 yards and 3 TD. Allison also had 67 rushing yards with a pair of TD on the ground, giving him 8 total (a school record).
Union (5-0) is ranked #8 currently in the state, and found itself in uncharted territory when needing every bit of the offensive total to hold Putnam back. Running back Jonah Daniel also benefited from the offensive line, as he collected 225 yards on the ground and 3 TD. The trenches is where all the success begins.
So far this season, Union becomes our first local program to win Line of the Week honors, while Jefferson and Habersham both earned Line of Distinction (top-5 list) recognition as well.