Coach Abbott was very happy with the energy the Panthers brought again this week but a couple of one-on-one plays by the Bruins standouts, proved to be the difference.
The Panthers come off an extremely tough loss to Kewanee last Friday 21-14 as they lost starting quarterback Kolby Franks to injury early in the second half, which greatly reduced their offensive abilities.
"We did not discuss X's and O's we just talked about how great it was to see this team come together with all the adversity they faced during the game.
This week they presented their repertoire but unfortunately they could not have an audience. So, Principal Justin Hovey invited Aroundptown.com to record the performances to be shared on the internet.
Speed will be the biggest asset of the team according to Abbott. Quarterback Kolby Franks will lead a youthful group of starters featuring junior Connor Sibley and senior Jacob Grunder in the backfield.
Anderson, playing this season as a defensive specialist (DS) for the Panthers, will pursue a degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant with the Lady Cavaliers.
Since there will be no tickets sold viewers are invited to send donations to: EP Theater Erie High School 435 6th Avenue Erie, IL 61201
The team would usually be sweating out practices in August but Covid-19 guidelines from the IHSA moved their season to spring.
The Panthers come off a 2-7 record, which is somewhat deceiving as they had several close games but had trouble finishing. The F/S squad finished with a dazzling 8-1 mark with their only loss coming in the final game of the season at Princeton.
Once word got out about the odyssey, Jones said got a lot of calls from folks telling him he was "crazy" to take such a trip.