Every time Ludlow’s football team scored, the Panthers cheerleaders did a corresponding number of jumping jacks.
Unofficially, the cheerleaders did 253 – one for each point in the Panthers’ 56-14 mercy-rule win over Bellevue at Civic Stadium and Gilligan Field.
“You’re capable of doing special things,” Ludlow head coach Woody McMillen told his team in the postgame huddle.
McMillen was Bellevue’s coach from 2015-2018. He thought coaching against the Tigers was a little “different.”
“I really love the kids here at Bellevue,” McMillen said. “It’s a cool place, and (there’s) a lot of history here.”
Here’s how special Ludlow (3-3) was on offense: 441 yards of total offense, including 320 rushing; sophomore quarterback Jackson Mays threw for 121, including two touchdowns to Ethan Powell and one to Breckin Ralston; Dameyn Anness added 104 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“Coming in as a sophomore, it’s a lot of high expectations, playing on a very high level with all these juniors and seniors,” Mays said. “Everybody in the town relies on you and on the team.”
There was more for Ludlow to love: six different Panthers – Byron Conley, Powell, Ralston, Anness, Mason Dixon and Kaden Morrison – scored, and of the 51 plays Ludlow ran, the Panthers averaged nearly nine yards a snap.
“We could’ve ran up the middle a little more (Friday) because our linemen had some good movement and good holes,” Anness said.
Bellevue (3-3), meanwhile, gained 123 yards on 29 plays for a 4.2-yard average.
“They just lined up, and man-for-man they were better than us,” Tigers coach Chad Montgomery said. “We knew what they were running offensively, and we just didn’t stop it. We knew all their tendencies; we just didn’t make the plays.”
Bellevue still leads the series, 67-36-5, but Ludlow has won the last eight games. Friday’s 56 points were the most the Panthers have ever scored on the Tigers.
From the opening snap, everything Ludlow tried worked.
Conley opened the scoring with a three yard run, but Anness contributed 44 yards on six carries. The rest of the half was a torrent of touchdowns, too: Mays-to-Powell for 36 and 15 yards; Ralston’s four-yard run and a 28-yard pass from Mays.
Bellevue finally scored on Aiden Dickerson’s 13-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. After Morrison’s 57-yard score, the Tigers finished the scoring when Tristan Woodyard found Jordan Pendleton for a 65-yard touchdown pass with 2:50 to go.
LUDLOW PANTHERS 56, BELLEVUE TIGERS 14
LUDLOW — 15-20-6-15 — 56
BELLEVUE — 0-0-0-14 — 14
(L)-Byron Conley 3 run (Ethan Powell pass from Jackson Mays), 8:38
(L)-Powell 36 pass from Mays (Brayden McDaniel kick), 4:35
(L)-Powell 15 pass from Mays (kick failed), 11:08
(L)-Breckin Ralston 4 run (Ralston pass from Mays), 1:57
(L)-Ralston 28 pass from Mays (kick failed), 0:21.2
(L)-Dameyn Anness 1 run (kick failed), 4:13
(L)-Mason Dixon 3 run (Finn McMillan kick), 7:29
(B)-Aiden Dickerson 13 run (pass failed), 5:38
(L)-Kaden Morrison 57 run (Anness pass from Powell), 3:40
(B)-Jordan Pendleton 65 pass from Tristan Woodyard (Kameron Stokes run), 2:50
Passing Yards: Ludlow 121 (Mays, 8-12); Bellevue 79 (Woodyard 4-10).
Rushing Yards: Ludlow 320 (Anness 18-104, Ralston 2-14, Brandenburg 2-27, Smith Baxley 1-14, Garrett 1-7, Conley 7-69, Dixon 2-19, Morrison 4-66, Griffiths 1-(minus-1); Bellevue 22 (Pendleton 5-(minus)-5, Woodyard 7-(minus-4), Dickerson 2-16, Corley 4-12, Sizemore 1-3).
Receiving: Ludlow 121 (Powell 5-99, Anness 2-21, Conley 1-1); Bellevue 79 (Pendleton 3-72, Sizemore 1-7).
Turnovers: Ludlow 0, Bellevue 0.
Penalties: Ludlow 4-50, Bellevue 3-25
Records: Ludlow 3-3, Bellevue 3-3.