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Perhaps last Friday night’s loss to Bonham can be summed up with one word – disappointment. Of course that could be an understatement if you talk to the coaching staff.
“I was real disappointed,” head coach Tommy Felty said about the game. “I didn’t think we gave maximum effort and we weren’t very focused.”
The Panthers had nine penalties on the night and turned the ball over four times, including on the opening kick off. Despite the first half problems for the Panthers, they still only trailed by four at halftime; however, the second half wasn’t even close as they were outscored 34-22.
Some of the problems Felty points to involve key defenders being out of position.
“They weren’t where they were supposed to be,” he says. “Which made other players look worse than they actually played. They just never had a chance to make a play because somebody was out of position.”
Some of the ways Felty and his staff have chosen to fix this problem is to move people around. As a matter of fact, there won’t be one senior starting on the defensive side of the ball this Friday night. Felty and his staff are hoping this will ignite a spark in his defense. Hunter Reeves and Jonathan Edwards are being moved from linebackers to defensive ends as well.
These aren’t the only changes being made this week, though. After the loss on Friday night, the coaching staff decided it was time to get back to the drawing board. They’ve spent more time on conditioning this week and trying to get the team refocused. Felty believes if they will cut out the mental mistakes, they should be OK.
The pressure is on for the Panthers this week as Canton comes to town for Homecoming 2013. Canton beat the Panthers last year 28-7 in Canton. Teams are different as well as the location but the goal is still the same. Both teams will be looking to improve on their pre-district play. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. at R.L. Maddox stadium.
By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra