Panther Football Adds Opponent

The Harvard Hornets will travel to Prophetstown on October 1st.
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The recent announcement that Riverdale will not field a varsity football team this season put a hole in the schedule of several TRAC football teams including EP. The Panthers were schedule to travel to Riverdale on October 30th to play a divisional game with the Rams. Erie Athletic Director Brian Howell announced Thursday morning that the hole has been filled.

EP will now host Harvard High School of the Kishwaukee River/Interstate 8 – Blue Conference on Saturday, October 1st at 1:00PM in Prophetstown. That will make 6 home games for the Panthers this season.

When Riverdale cancelled their varsity season the Panthers were left with several options according to head coach Jesse Abbott. EP was in talks with several teams to fill the void and finally settled on playing the Hornets who went 1-8 last season. Abbott said the one determining factors was the willingness of Harvard to travel for the contest.

Another option was to simply take the forfeit win but Abbott said after explaining the options to the team last week at camp the players overwhelmingly expressed their desire to play a game and not take the week off. Playing or not playing would also have an impact on playoff points, which is system used by the IHSA to determine playoff qualifiers. A forfeit win generates no playoff points.

One benefit of not playing the game, Abbott said, would be getting a week of rest. “The staff and I talked about that, but it’s not a situation you can plan for in terms of giving players more time to get healthy if they are hurt. You just don’t know what the season will bring.”

Harvard has an enrollment of 747 while EP has a combined enrollment of 407. By comparison, Princeton with 546 has the largest enrollment in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. “It will be a good challenge,” said Abbott.

The Panthers will hold their first official practice on Monday.

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