Panthers Looking to Avenge Last Season’s Finish

It was a promising start to the 2014 season: a 5-1 record with just four games left. But for the Smiths Station Panthers, the end to 2014 is something they’re trying to forget. Four straight losses to end the season and miss the 7A playoffs.

"We just take that heart and let us drive that," said senior cornerback Renold Williams. "Other schools in the city, they’re our rivals and we’ve got to compete with them to be better in 7A football."

You could say the Panthers are hungry. They don’t want last season to repeat itself which is why they’ve been pushing themselves hard during the off-season.

"It’s been a lot of hard work," said Williams. "We’re trying to make the season better than last year. Trying to make it to the playoffs and the Championships obviously."

They’re led by a senior class with a lot of experience. Guys like Austin Taylor- one of the Panthers leading receivers last season who racked up nearly 500 yards. He believes the passing game will be one of their strongest points thanks to their other teammates.

"I think we are able to hold the defensive line," he said. "Our line’s a lot better than last year."

They’re an offensive unit that’s much more experienced than last season. The Panthers are excited for the new year and are hoping to turn some heads.

"I just think we’re all around more together as a team this year," Taylor said. "We’re gonna have a lot of young players playing for us and I think they’re gonna step up for us."

"We’re a force to be reckoned with," added Williams.

The Panthers open the season on Friday, August 21st at Americus-Sumter.