BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern College football team battled tough against LaGrange College in front of over 2,800 fans to open the 2016 season in General Charles C. Krulak Stadium Saturday. But the Panthers couldn't find an answer to LaGrange's offense and fell 47-27.
Kerrigan Pennington (Wagarville, Ala./Washington County HS) led the team in rushing and passing yards in his debut at quarterback. He ran for a game-high 139 yards and completed 4-of-9 passes for 44 yards.
Matthew Byers (Pelham, Ala./John Carroll Catholic HS) led the defense with nine tackles, six solo.
LaGrange opened scoring first. Pennington put the Panthers on the board with a two-yard run that pulled them within seven. After two LaGrange touchdowns, BSC's next score came from Ernest Tiller (Grayson, Ga./Grayson HS) in the third quarter. He busted through for a hard-fought 23-yard run.
Cortlan Lewis (Birmingham, Ala./Ramsey) drove across the goal line with 5:08 left in the third quarter to pull the Panthers closer. But LaGrange answered every call. It wasn't until 5:52 left in the game that Samir Usman (Smyrna, Ga./McCallie School) earned his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard rush.
BSC outrushed LaGrange 276-155. They are back in action next Saturday on the road at Huntingdon College. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
There is a BSC JV game happening on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Battle Field. It is open to the public. They will be facing Alabama Prep Birmingham.