Lanett’s State Championship Rings have Arrived
LANETT FOOTBALL OWNS TWO FOOTBALL STATE TITLES IN SCHOOL HISTORY (2017-CLASS 2A & 2019-CLASS 1A)
The Lanett Panthers football team has long awaited the arrival of the 2019 AHSAA Class 1A State Championship rings. The coronavirus pandemic slowed down the process. Head Coach Clifford Story changed the ring style to a black background for his second football state ring.
“It feels really good because you know these guys worked extremely hard. They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do, and I wanted their ceremony to be much bigger than this, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do it,” said Story. “They’re kids. They’ll understand, and they’re just happy to put that ring on their finger.”
To earn that ring this past fall, the Panthers defeated the defending state champions, Mars Hill Bible, 41-30. Alabama commit Kristian Story took home the MVP plaque, and Lanett earned their second title in three years.
“I’ve been waiting so long to get it, but now that I’ve finally got it I’m happy to have it,” said Kristian. “It was kind of sad knowing I don’t have a chance to get another one, but it’s bitter sweet.”
Kristian and the Panthers fell short from winning the 2019-20 basketball Class 1A State Championship to Pickens County 57-55. The basketball team had won the Class 2A state title the past three years (2016, 2017 and 2018). The Panthers, like every other team in the country, were denied the opportunity to win a state title in spring sports due to COVID-19.
Waiting on this ring, was well worth the wait for the Panthers.
“We changed the look on it a little bit. It’s more black around the ring so, I like this one better,” said Kristian. “It’s my favorite one.
Senior linebacker Dametrious Johnson, who will play at Point University next season, almost didn’t win a championship. He played his freshman and junior season, skipped out on football his sophomore year when the team on their first title and then in spring 2019 Johnson asked the coaches if he could play his senior season.
“For some reason it just felt like it was going to happen this year, so it was a big impact on me,” said Johnson. “I was super happy when we won the state championship.”