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After nearly a month of practicing and two scrimmages, the North Lamar Panthers are ready to begin the 2013 football season.
Head Coach Tommy Felty is hoping his team can build on last year’s playoff team. The 2012 squad finished second in District 13-3A, before losing their first round playoff game against Quinlan Ford.
The Panthers don’t want to finish second in the district, though. Their goal is to win it all this year, and it starts tonight. Although the first five games of the season are non-district games, they are still important. Felty told eParisExtra the goal “is to improve week after week.”
North Lamar will be opening the season at home against Commerce; the team that beat them last year on the road to open the season.
“I feel confident,” Felty said. “The big thing we’ve tried working on all week is to eliminate mistakes. In the first game, there’s always going to be mistakes being under the lights for the first time. I feel like if we will minimize the amount of mistakes we make, we have a great chance to win this ball game.”
One thing North Lamar will have to do better is tackle. In last years’ game against Commerce, the defense had trouble wrapping up players and tackling. Commerce beat the Panthers 42 – 35 last year in a game which included more than 800 yards of total offense. Felty hopes the game is a lot more defense-oriented this year.
“I feel real confident in our defense,” he says. “Through the first two scrimmages, they played really well. We should be able to do a better job containing them this year than we did last year.”
The North Lamar plan is still the same: ball control and good defense. Felty believes if his team will do this night in and night out, his team will put themselves in a position to win every game.
See North Lamar’s first performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. Follow all the action on Twitter: @eParisExtra
By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra