PELHAM -- Clinch County completed its rout of Region 1-A Friday night, clinching its second-straight region title with a 39-0 win over Pelham.
In four region games, Clinch County outscored its opponents 156-0. The Panthers (8-1-1 overall) have won nine-straight region games since a loss at Pelham in 2001.
The Panthers have also shut out five of their last six opponents, all victories.
Lorenzo Kelsaw ran for 165 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Clinch had a 27-0 lead by halftime, then added to the lead with Kelsaw's 76-yard touchdown run with 9:33 left in the first quarter. Four minutes later, George Williams closed the scoring with a 55-yard punt return.
Kelsaw started the scoring with 10:08 left in the first quarter on a 19-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Joe Louis Mingo added touchdowns on a 1-yard run late in the quarter, then threw 52 yards to Dexter Foster in the first minute of the second quarter.
Mingo finished the night running for 43 yards and completing 4-of-6 passes for 72 yards.
Justin Gainey (56 yards on two carries) added a 23-yard touchdown run midway in the second period to give Clinch the 27-0 halftime lead.
The Panthers ran up 387 total yards, 315 on the round, on just 35 offensive plays.
Clinch's defense limited Pelham (2-7 overall, 1-2 in region) to 102 total yards on 51 plays. All but 20 yards came on passes.
The Panthers are off next week, awaiting the No. 4 team from Region 4 in the first round of the Class A playoffs beginning Nov. 21.
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