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Updated: 11/14/2013 08:00:01AM

Panthers fall in McLeod’s coaching finale

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ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

The Panthers’ Shawn Campbell scores on a two-point conversion to give the Panthers a 14-8 lead late in the first half. Campbell had scored on a five-yard run on the previous play. Hardee came back to win 16-14 capping off an undefeated season, while DeSoto County finished at 6-2.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Nehemiah Hillard breaks loose from the Hardee tackle for an eight-yard gain. Hillard scored the first Panther points on a 40-yard run in the first quarter. Teammate Elijah Arthur (3) intercepted two Wildcat passes in the losing effort.

By Steve Knapp

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The DeSoto County Middle School Panthers lost their season finale to Hardee 16-14 in what was Panthers’ Head Coach Monty McLeod’s final game of his coaching career. His record at the helm of the Panthers is 78-11 including a 6-2 record this season.

McLeod is the only coach the Panthers have had since their program started 14 years ago. “It would have been nice to go out with a win, but my boys played hard all the way to the end,” he said. “There is a reason Hardee is undefeated this season, they’re a good team. I’ve got nothing to complain about, we did the best we could, we just came up a little short.”

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