Atlanta Rabbits deliver 56-49 knockout to Spring Hill, punch ticket for playoffs

ATLANTA — Andrew Samples scored four touchdowns and threw for four more as the Atlanta Rabbits upended the Spring Hill Panthers 56-49 Friday at Rabbits Stadium.

The junior quarterback stole the show on Senior Night as he threw for 312 yards and completed 8-of-16 with no interceptions. Samples’ passing efforts help the Rabbs keep pace with the Panthers, who amassed 348 rushing yards on 46 carries. Ultimately, the Rabbs out-gained the Panthers 590 to 510.

Spring Hill jumped out to a 21-0 lead on Atlanta with 11:45 in the second quarter. Atlanta battled back with Samples rushing for his first touchdown on the night from three yards out to chip into Spring Hill’s lead 21-7.

The Rabbs won the turnover battle 2-1 with Spring Hill. While both teams each had a lost fumble, the Panthers passing game threw an interception as quarterback Gage White completed 9-of-13 for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

Samples no doubt earned the Rushing Pest Control Player of the Game honors as teammate Nick Washington went home as the Red River Lumber Defensive Player of the Game.

The Rabbs finish the season with a 5-5 overall record and a 2-3 4A-2 Region II District 7 record. According to head coach Matt McClure on the “Coaches Show” Monday, a win puts the Rabbs in the playoffs. Opponent and venue will be determined later, and will have all the details.


Scoring summary

Spring Hill – 14 14 14 7 – 49

Atlanta       – 0 21 21 14 – 56


First quarter

SH — Beck 21 pass from White (Barcenas kick), 5:57

SH — Stoker 1 run (Barcenas kick), 5:12

Second quarter

SH — Stoker 45 run (Barcenas kick), 11:45

ATL — Samples 3 run (Campos kick), 6:45

SH — Willis 38 pass from White (Barcenas kick), 3:23

ATL — Brown 52 pass from Samples (Campos kick), 1:49

ATL — Samples 6 run (Campos kick), 0:07

Third quarter

SH — Stoker 62 run (Barcenas kick), 10:54

ATL — King 45 pass from Samples (Campos), 10:05

SH — Beck 6 run (Barcenas kick), 7:59

ATL — Brown 80 pass from Samples (Campos kick), 7:41

ATL — Rosser 67 pass from Samples (Campos kick), 2:25

Fourth quarter

SH — Willis 30 pass from White (Barcenas kick), 11:49

ATL — Samples 12 run (Campos kick), 4:23

ATL — Samples 2 run (Campos kick), 1:17