ABBEVILLE — Hite Stadium is where winning streaks come to die.
Fox Creek came into Friday night's game against Class 2A No. 1-ranked Abbeville riding a four-game winning streak. It took the Predators — who were more like prey — just less than half of the first quarter to find themselves down by three touchdowns.
The Panthers (6-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 2-2A) were checking off all the boxes against Fox Creek in a blistering 52-14 win that saw a running clock in the second half and an Abbeville team start substituting multiple players after halftime.
Abbeville needed to run just 29 plays — and still amassed 357 yards of total offense. Check.
Seven players scored for the Panthers. Check.
Of the seven scores, there were long field goals, a fumble recovery in the end zone, a kickoff return and long runs against a seemingly helpless Fox Creek team that was severely outmatched on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Check.
The Panthers even wore pink socks for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That gets a double check.
"I don't know how many different people scored, but you're going to have to change our name from A-Town to 'a team' because just about everybody on the team seemed to contribute in the scoring," Abbeville coach Jamie Nickles said.
Panthers running back J.D. Moore led the way with 167 yards on just six carries. He also scored on a 73-yard run in the first quarter.
Abbeville jumped out to a 21-0 lead on touchdown runs by Tyrell Haddon, Moore and Cruz Temple. The Predators (4-3, 1-1) responded with one of their only good drives of the game late in the first quarter and found the end zone when quarterback Jadon Johnson ran in from 2 yards out.
The Panthers quickly made the Predators pay, as Navi Marshall took the ensuing kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown to put Abbeville up 28-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Nickles said it can be a challenge keeping players focused in a game that becomes a blowout early, but he was pleased with his players and coaches.
"It's a good feeling, but it's one of those deals where you have to be poised the way you handle things," Nickles said of the big lead.
Martico Jackson scored on Abbeville's first play of its first drive in the second quarter to put the Panthers up 35-7. Panthers kicker Dylan Beauford added a 47-yard field goal — which probably would have been good from 60 — later in the second quarter to increase the lead to 38-7 by halftime.
Temple talked about how he and his teammates were determined to keep up the pressure on their opponent.
"We practice like we are playing for the state (championship) ever week," Temple said. "We come into the game like it's the best opponent we are going to play, and we just finish."
The Panthers wasted no time adding to their lead after the half. On Fox Creek's first drive of the third quarter, it had to punt deep in its own territory. The snap was too high and went into the end zone, where Abbeville's Demairis Hill fell on it for a TD to make it 45-7.
The rest of the game was played with a running clock, but the Panthers added to their lead when Haddon took it in for score to make it 52-7.
"I thought our kids handled things really well," Nickles said about his team's effort after getting a big lead. "I thought we really focused our kids up during halftime and came back out and took care of business."
With most all of Abbeville's starters on the sidelines for the entire fourth quarter, the Predators managed to add to their final tally when Johnson connected with Jontavious Butler on a 35-yard TD pass.
As Fox Creek tried to mount a final drive against Abbeville reserves, James Haddon intercepted a pass from Johnson, and the Panthers ran out the clock. It was a nice final checkmark for the Panthers, who travel to Silver Bluff next week.
Abbeville 28 10 14 0 — 52
Fox Creek 7 0 0 7 — 14
A — Tyrell Haddon 28 run (Dylan Beauford kick)
A — J.D. Moore 73 run (Beauford kick)
A — Cruz Temple 15 run (Beauford kick)
FC — Jadon Johnson 2 run (Jackson Wray kick)
A — Navi Marshall 95 kickoff return (Beauford kick)
A — Martico Jackson 40 run (Beauford kick)
A — Beauford 47 FG
A — Demairis Hill fumble recovery (Beauford kick)
A —Haddon 37 run (Beauford kick)
FC — Jontavious Butler 35 pass from Jadon Johnson (Wray kick)
Rushing — A: J.D. Moore 6-167, Tyrell Haddon 4-82, Martico Jackson 8-54, Cruz Temple 4-31, Thomas Beauford 3-7, Navi Marshall 1-5, Ty Cade 1-(-3). FC: Ryan Chavous 19-44, Me'Kiye Overton 3-5, Kendrell Carter 1-0, Jadon Johnson 6-(-3), Michael Adams 1-(-4).
Passing — A: Thomas Beauford 1-2-0-11. J.D. Moore 0-1-0-0. FC: Jadon Johnson 12-22-1-85. Michael Adams 1-2-0-41.
Receiving — A: Navi Marshall 1-11. FC: Jontavious Butler 8-116, Deavion Scales 1-9, Ryan Chavous 4-1.
Records: Abbeville 6-0 overall, 2-0 Region 2-2A; Fox Creek 4-3, 1-1 Region 2-2A)
Next game: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Abbeville at Silver Bluff