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Panthers News · SCHSL Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN

Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the SCHSL 5-Year Sports CalendarFeel free to bookmark!

(Note: These dates are listed as tentative by the SCHSL, so be sure to double-check before making any major arrangements.)

Dead Week – July 23-27

1st Practice Fall Sports – July 28

1st Scrimmage – Football – August 3

1st Scrimmage – Fall Sports – August 4

Wk 0 Football – August 18

Wk 1 Football – August 25

1st Contest Swimming – August 14

1st Contest Girls Golf, Volleyball, Girls Tennis – August 21

1st Contest Cross Country – August 28

States- Fall Sports – November 4

States – Competitive Cheer –  November 18


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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Pre-Season Rankings

While stuck in the purgatory of football-less July, you do get a nugget of hope from time to time. The South Carolina High School Sports Report has issued their pre-season rankings. We all know they mean absolutely nothing, other than a starting point for the regular season rankings. The Sports Report does not even give reasons why teams are ranked where they are, or the formula they use. Maybe it’s just someone’s best guess. Nevertheless here is your top ten (and other notables) SCHSSR Pre-Season Rankings by class.

Class A


2.Lake View

3. Lewisville

4. Cross

5. CE Murray

6. McBee

7. Williston Elko

8. McCormick

9. Hannah-Pamplico

10. Hemingway

Notables – 16. Whitmire – 18. Ware Shoals

Class AA

1.Abbeville (Go Panthers)

2. Barnwell

3. Cheraw

4. Saluda

5. Batesburg-Leesville

6. Woodland

7. Central

8. Lee Central

9. Blacksburg

10. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Notables – 16. Liberty 17. Fox Creek

Class AAA








8. Palmetto


10. Crescent

Notables – 12.Pendleton 19. Strom Thurmond

Class AAAA

1.South Pointe



4.Myrtle Beach


6.Cane Bay

7.Union County

8.South Aiken


10.North Augusta

Notables – 16.Chapin – 17.Daniel



2.Ft Dorchester

3.Dutch Fork







10. Blythewood

Notables – 13.Laurens 14.Byrnes 15. TL Hanna


The West Carolina Kickoff Classic is going to be held at Hite Stadium on Friday August 4th. The tailgating starts at 5pm with free hotdogs and drinks, bouncy houses and face painting for the kids. The games will begin at 6pm. See you there!

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Way Too Early Predictions Part 2

Earlier this week we took a look at the first three games on the Panthers schedule in our Way Too Early Predictions article and today we’ll do the same, starting with weeks three through five. Can football just get here already?!?

Lincoln Co. vs A-Town @ Hite Stadium Week 3

Are there two schools that have done more with less, in the history of high school football? If there are, I’m not aware of them. When the Red Devils and the Panthers square off on September 8th inside the hallowed grounds of Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field, there will lincoln_county_red_devils be a combined 19 state championships represented on the field. Last year’s contest was what Coach Nickles called “A blood bath” and “One of the hardest hitting, most physical games I’ve ever coached in“. The game ended in a tie 7-7, and that was the only blemish on an otherwise undefeated record for the Panthers in 2016. The Panthers and Red Devils played every year from 1982 to 1987 and the Panthers never collected a win. The rivalry was renewed in 2008 and the Panthers won 3 straight before losing a 24-14 game in 2011. All-time, Abbeville is 3-7-1 versus their border sharing neighbors. Over the last 10 seasons, the Panthers are 3-1-1 vs LC however.

What to expect: Another physical, hard hitting game between two well coached, talented, hungry football teams. Go ahead and put your chairs out now. Hite Stadium will be filled past capacity when these two historic football behemoths collide in an early September dog fight.

Prediction: A-Town 16 – Lincoln Co 13 


Clinton vs A-Town @ Hite Stadium Week 4

For the second week in a row the Panthers will welcome the Red Devils into Hite Stadium.Clinton This time Clinton High will be wearing the Red and White. The Panthers are 8-11 all-time versus Clinton High. A-Town has won the last three contests however. The Panther and Red Devils did not play each other from 1971 until 2002. Since then, the game has been rekindled as of late, and the Panthers are 4-3 vs Clinton since 2002. Clinton finished 5-6 last season and has not enjoyed a winning season since 2010 when they finished 7-4.

What to expect: The Panthers do not shy away from playing bigger schools and holding their own. The AAA Red Devils will get heavy doses of the option and just when they are lulled to sleep, the play action pass will wake up the entire stadium. Games are won in the trenches, and Abbeville has the size and experience to physically wear out the Red Devils.

Prediction: A-Town 34 – Clinton 7


A-Town @ Mid Carolina – Week 5

The AAA Rebels from Prosperity, SC haven’t put up much of a fight in this series lately. In fact, the Rebels are 12-42 over the last 5 seasons and there’s not much indicating that will change. The Panthers have won 8 in a row vs the Rebs with five of those wins coming via Mid%20Carolinashut out. In fact the Panthers average margin of victory over the last 8 games is 43-7. This game will start the 2nd half of the season and get the Panthers headed toward their Region schedule and the playoffs.

What to expect: To put it bluntly, the Panthers should cruse in this one. However, anything can happen on any given Friday. Coach Nickels will have the Panthers ready to play as he will hype up Mid Carolina as the best team to wear a uniform since the 72′ Dolphins.

Prediction: A-Town 43 – Mid Carolina 7

Check back next week for our Way Too Early Predictions: Part 3 featuring weeks six though nine.


Don’t forget about the West Carolina Kickoff Classic, Friday August 4th at Hite Stadium. Tailgating with bouncy houses, free hot dogs and drinks, face painting and games for everyone. Open to the public and FREE. The tailgating starts at 5pm, with the games starting at 6. Also, “All About the A: Faith, Family, Football, Forever To Thee” a book covering the 100 year history of Abbeville High Football will be on sale that night, for the first time, inside the stadium at 5:30pm.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Way Too Early Predictions

July is a wonderful, yet terrible month. Wonderful for all that July has to offer. Hot summer days, beach trips, family bar-b-ques, 4th of July celebrations. Honestly, July has just about everything you could ask for, except one thing. Football. For those of us that are chomping at the bit to see the “toe touch the leather”, July can be a long and painful month to navigate through. All of the pre-season college football magazines are out. I call this the “reading period” of the football season. All of the analysts are making predictions and proclamations as to what and who and when. So I thought we could do the same. We’ll start with weeks Zero through Two.

Abbeville @ Ninety Six  – Week Zero

I’m not sure who came up with the week zero title, but it’s a little confusing. Nonetheless, the Panthers will open the regular season with a conference foe, and long time rival, the Ninety Six Wildcats. However, this game won’t count as a region game. The Panthers and Wildcats will square off against each other twice this season, as they did last season. The last game of the year will count as a region game with playoff implications.

Last season the Panthers defeated Ninety Six under the direction of former Head Coach Mike Doolittle, 26-7 in the season opener and 27-0 in the last game of the season. Ninety Ninety%20SixSix has a new head coach, Andre Woolcock and he’s looking to turn around a rivalry, that historically, hasn’t been much of a rivalry. The Panthers are 37-12 all-time versus the Wildcats. The Panthers had won 7 in a row, until the Wildcats broke that streak in 2012, and subsequently reeled off 4 wins in a row over the Panthers. The longest such winning streak for the Wildcats, in the history of the rivalry. The Panthers have now won 3 straight and will have a chance to add to that total on August 18th.

My prediction: The Panthers will win, but with it being week zero, the score may not jump off of the page at you.

A-Town 20 – Ninety Six 6

A-Town @ Woodruff – Week One

Woodruff was, at one time, the thorn in the playoff side of the Panthers for years. In 1972,73,76,78,79, and 1980 the Wolverines bounced the Panthers from the playoffs. In those six games, the Wolverines never gave up more than 15 points and pitched two shutWoodruff outs. We’re long removed from the Willie Varner days now, but there is still a little something special in the air when Woodruff comes to town. Or in this case, when A-Town rolls into Woodruff. Over the last ten years, the Panthers and Wolverines have played six times. The record, 3-3. Doesn’t get much more even than that. Well, maybe it does. The average score of the last six meetings… 27-26 in favor of Woodruff. Are we in for another nail biting shootout? Or will the Panthers roll like they did last year 28-0? Only time will tell.

My Prediction: The wide open spread offense of Woodruff and the grind it out, A-Bone will clash in a game of varying styles. However, I think clock control, and a stout Panther defense, especially the secondary, will come away with a win.

A-Town 32 – Woodruff 21

Emerald @ A-Town – Week Two

Yet another rivalry game in week two for the Panthers. It seems like every week brings on another rival. Week two of the season will be no different when Vikings of Emerald High make that 14 mile trip down Hwy 72, and into Hite Stadium. The Panthers enjoy a 15-7 all-time record versus the Vikings. Emerald and Abbeville have played every year since 1996. Emerald now in the 3A classification is coming off of a disappointing 4-8 record a seasonEmerald ago. With nearly 1,000 students, double the size of the Panthers enrollment, the Vikings are looking for revenge. However, that’s easier said than done. The last two seasons, 28-7 and 34-0 victories for the Panthers, proved that school size doesn’t necessarily equate wins.

My Prediction: The Panthers, entering the third game of the season should be beginning to gel and have some chemistry offensively and defensively. If that’s the case, that spells trouble for the Vikings, again.

A-Town 38 – Emerald 12

Check back with for more updates and more predictions as the season nears. Don’t forget about the West Carolina Kickoff Classic on August 4th 6pm at Hite Stadium – Dennis Botts Field for the unofficial start of the 2017 season. 

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Abbeville Hosts 7 on 7

Sunshine and blue skies was the perfect backdrop for the Abbeville High School FCA 7 on 7 scrimmage, that took place Tuesday morning. Eight teams made the trip to A-Town to work on their passing, route running, catching and defensive pass coverage skills.

The day started at 9am with all of the teams participating in a devotion at Grace United Methodist Church. After the devotion the teams made their way to the practice field, which four teams used, and onto the hallowed grounds of Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field, which the other four teams played on. Crescent, McCormick, Ninety Six, Lincoln Co., Strom Thurmond, Seneca, Newberry and Abbeville participated.

Things started off fast for Abbeville. Senior quarterback Bryce Jackson connected with

Coach Temple directs the Abbeville offense vs Seneca
Coach Temple directs the Abbeville offense vs Seneca

Malik Washington on the very first play for a 50 yard touchdown pass. The sidelines erupted as Washington beat his defender and Jackson dropped a beautifully thrown tight spiral into the hands of Washington. Former Panther great, and current Dallas Cowboy, Keenan Gilchrist was on hand and jumped up with excitement. “He’s droppin’ dimes. Man that was so pretty” Gilchrist gloated about the Jackson touchdown pass. Abbeville went on to defeat McCormick 21-0 in the first quick session.

Abbeville then scrimmaged Seneca. A couple dropped passes stalled the first two drives. Dooley Sanders caught the only touchdown in the second session versus the Bobcats. Seneca has a Clemson target, a strapping 6’5″ 210lb tight end Braden Galloway that caught the game tying touchdown on a fade route. Abbeville defensive coordinator and athletic director Tad Dubose was quick to point out to the Panther defender how and why he got beat. He demonstrated how to defend that particular route, and that ended the scrimmage tied at 7.

The Panthers then faced long time foe, Lincoln County Red Devils. The Red Devils will be making a trip back to Abbeville for a regular season game on September 8th. You might want to go ahead and sit out your chairs for that one. The one glaring thing I noticed about Lincolnton was that last years team, looked a good bit bigger. Now, don’t get that distorted. They are big and fast and talented. They always are. They just didn’t look as big, at the skill positions as they did a season ago. The Panthers dropped two touchdown passes, and gave up a long touchdown to the Red Devils and that scrimmage ended with LC taking a 7-0 win.

Abbeville head coach Jamie Nickles was playing the part of coordinator. Not offensive or defensive coordinator, he was more of an event coordinator on Tuesday. He kept up with the time, directed which team to go where and of course he kept track with the all important lunch break which was catered by Chic-Fil-A.

“Days like today are just great. What else can you ask for. The guys are out there competing, flying around. We’ve got some football, food and fellowship, all in the name of Jesus. So I mean, you can’t ask for much more.” Coach Nickles continues, “I’ve been all over the place out here today, but from what I’ve seen, Bryce (Jackson) is really throwing the ball well. We need to catch it a little better. Rapley is catching it well out of the backfield. So that’s promising. We’ve got to do a better job of not giving up the long ball. We gave up one or two in the spring and one or two here today. So that’s got to be corrected and it will be. Our coaches do a great job with those kinds of things. I’m just ready to get out here on July 28th and have everybody together and start getting ready for the season.”

The Panthers will participate in summer workouts on Wednesday before hitting the practice field again on Thursday of this week. They will take the week of July 4th off before reconvening on July 10 for the last two weeks of summer workouts and practices.

The Panthers will host the WCTEL Kickoff Classic on August 4th at Hite Stadium. The regular season will start on August 18th with the first game being at Ninety Six.

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · 1 Down 52 to Go

The Abbeville Panther varsity football team took to the practice fields this morning and worked for about two hours. The sun was out in full force and today began the first official day of summer practice.

It was 85 degrees at 11am, add in the humidity and the temps pushed over 90. Add in the surface temperature of the practice field behind Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field and this year’s edition of the Panthers were practicing in temperatures nearing 100 degrees. A scorching start to what is sure to be a long and hot summer in Abbeville, South Carolina.

The Panthers, after stretching and warming up gathered for individual drills in just helmets and shorts. The first segment of practice was dedicated to special teams. Games are definitely won and lost on special teams play and the coaches stressed that. Defensive coordinator Tad Dubose could be heard explaining technique and shouting instructions to the kickoff coverage team. Dylan Beauford and Ross Cobb displayed strong legs in

Dylan Beauford boots an end over end kick through the uprights at the first summer practice of the 2017 season.
Dylan Beauford boots an end over end kick through the uprights at the first summer practice of the 2017 season.

booming the kickoffs nearly onto Highland Terrace, the road adjacent to the practice field. The coaches then worked with the punt team and the field goal unit.

After the special teams segment, the team broke into a 7 on 7 drill, pitting the offense, led by quarterback Bryce Jackson, versus the linebackers and defensive backs. Those units practiced the remainder of the workout.

I was able to track down Coach Nickles after the practice to get some thoughts on the official day one of the 2017 season.

BG: Coach, day one of practice, and it looks like a lot of instruction out there.

Coach Nickles: “Yeah, today we started our summer workouts. We’re working on fundamentals and some instillation. A lot of 7 on 7 work. We’ll be going to BHP for a FCA 7 on 7 scrimmage on Thursday. Our offensive and defensive linemen will still be here working, but yeah we’re headed up there on Thursday. What we like to do this time of year is really work on our pass game. There’s only so much you can do in the run game, and we’re not in pads or anything, so a lot of 7 on 7 work this time of year. Pass protection, getting our calls down pat.”

BG: Did the players come out focused today?

Coach Nickles: “Yes, sure they did. They retained a lot, and ya know, when you have kids that’s been in the system for 3 or 4 years it really helps. But yes, they were focused and ready to work.”

The Panthers will travel to BHP on Thursday June 15th for the BHP FCA 7 on 7 scrimmage. It is the first scrimmage of the season. The team will leave the high school at 7:45am.

There are only 52 days until the WCTEL Kickoff Classic at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts

Coach Eddie Ford instructs the Panthers defensive linemen during Tuesdays practice.
Coach Eddie Ford instructs the Panthers defensive linemen during Tuesdays practice.

Field on August 4th. Check back with and @AtownAthletics on Twitter often, as we will be keeping a close eye on summer practice and getting you ready for another exciting season of Abbeville Panther Football.

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Panthers News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN

lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Multiple Teams · Two Panthers Land on All-Lakelands Team

Zach Overholt and Bryce Jackson parlayed their stellar junior seasons into some post-season accolades. Both Panther baseball players were named to the All-Lakelands team, which is put together by the Index Journal at the end of each season.

Bryce Jackson, Panther starting shortstop and pitcher, was this year’s South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association’s Player of the Year.  Jackson had a .318 batting average, while compiling a 1.71 earned run average from the mound. He regularly mowed down opposing batters with an overpowering 88-90mph fastball and a pace changing curve ball. Jackson was asked what all of these offseason awards and attention meant to him.

Pic Credit Julian McWilliams/Index Journal
Pic Credit Julian McWilliams/Index Journal

Jackson said,

Well first off it’s just a blessing to have received each and every one of the awards. It’s just and honor and feels great to know that all the hard work is paying off. I just thank my family, my team and coaches and most of all the head person of my life, God, because without him nothing would be possible. When you have a team full of brothers and good coaches and good fans it makes playing and having fun easy.”

Jackson plans on continuing his athletic career after high school, but hasn’t made any decisions as of yet.

“After high school ball I plan to play college baseball and/or football. I haven’t decided on which college yet, just kinda sitting back to weigh my options. But, to just be able to wake up and be blessed enough to play the sports I love, is just a blessing as well. When you have the creator of the world helping you every step of the way the sky’s the limit.”

Jackson has plenty of time to decide on colleges and to perfect his craft, as he is a rising senior and slated to be the starting quarterback for the Panthers this fall.

Pic Credit Julian McWilliams/Index Journal
Pic Credit Julian McWilliams/Index Journal

Zach Overholt was a huge contributor for the Panther baseball team this season as denoted by his All-Lakelands selection as well. Overholt hit .333 with a homer this season. The Panther centerfielder and pitcher used his speed in the field and a seriously nasty breaking ball to command his All-Lakelands selection. Overholt posted a 7-3 record on the mound this season. His 1.44 ERA was the team best and he added 77 strikeouts this season as well. Overholt was not available for comment as of the publishing of this article.

Add to your favorites list, keep a eye out for the official Abbeville High athletics twitter page @AtownAthletics. Follow us, like us, retweet and share us. We are working hard to keep up a great web presence for the student athletes that participate in all sports at AHS. God Bless and Go Panthers!

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Post Spring Depth Chart

Spring football has come and gone for the Panthers and the coaching staff has put together a depth chart heading into summer camp. Of course this is a ever moving and changing list. The coaching staff will put the best product on the field and it’s ultimately up to the players to decide where they land on the depth chart. Summer workouts will begin on June 12th and that will be the actual beginning of the 2017 season. Here’s the latest depth chart heading into the summer.

**Bold letters indicate first team**


QB= B.Jackson,

JD Moore

RBs=J Rapley, C Jackson, J Blackwell,

D Washington, R Crawford

 WR=J Sanders, L Ramsey
M Washington, J Johnson
OL= G Lewis, J Stone, D Johnson, C Nickles, J Hill
T Harrison, T Jones, T Whidby
TE=C Holback or N Temple or C Goodwin
DB=K Rayford, M Leach, S Terry, R Bobo, D Cobb, J Shuler, Q Giullibeaux, G Calhoun 
ILB= D Graham, C Goodwin, C Holback, 
T Campbell, S Harrison
OLB=T Paul, T Gillerson, M Starks
DL= N Temple, M Blackwell, D Jackson, CJ Rayford,
C Smith, J Norman, J Washington,
A Wideman, B Crawford, M Willis, D Cuttill
Kickers= D Beauford, R Cobb
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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Spring Game Observations

A few hundred Panther faithful grabbed a seat to watch the defending AA State Champs buckle their chin straps for their annual “Garnet and White Spring Game” Thursday evening at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field. The sun-splashed afternoon saw big plays, turnovers, touchdowns, big hits and gave fans just enough of a football fix, to hold them over until August.

Bryce Jackson led the white team at quarterback for most of the scrimmage. Sophomore JD Moore, who seems to be touted to be the back-up to Jackson this season, came in and showed some flashes of brilliance. JD Moore has been blessed with uncommon speed. In other words, he’s really fast. He’ll definitely play a factor in the success of the Panthers this season. The play of the game was when Jackson dropped back to pass, scanned the field, checked his first, second and third options and finally decided to sling the ball down the left sideline. LeBron “Dooley” Sanders, who appeared to be covered as the ball was in the air, kicked his speed into another gear, separated from the defender, made the catch, and strolled into the endzone.

That wasn’t the only big play of the game. Junior Rapley flashed his speed and juke-ability with a 40 yard touchdown scamper. A-Bone backfield teammate Courtney Jackson was unable to play in the Spring Game because of an injury he suffered while running track. He should be 100% by summer camp. Dominick Washington raised some eyebrows while toting the rock Thursday evening as well. Washington runs with a bruising toughness that was absent on last years championship team. He’s going to be tough to tackle this fall and will add another element to an already potent offense.

The defense was led by Charles Holback and Tyrese Paul. The two senior linebackers play fast and instinctive. They are physical tacklers and will direct a defense that was down right nasty last season. The defensive line is anchored by Don Don Jackson, who regularly plays in the opposing backfield. He’s a load to block and will eat up a lot of space and draw a lot of attention from opposing offenses this coming season. The kickers put on a show as well. Dylan Beauford was steady as usual. He nailed his PAT’s and connected on 30+ yard field goals in the kicking portion of the scrimmage. Newcomer, Ross Cobb showed off a booming leg as well. His kickoffs were regularly teasing the endzone stripe.

All in all it was a successful Spring Game for the Panthers. There are areas to improve on, but that’s what spring is all about. This team is fast and talented. There are some All-Region, even All-State caliber players that will be wearing the “A” this season. It should be a fun ride.

Check back with often, as well will be unveiling a post-spring depth chart early next week. Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend. God Bless and Go Panthers!