Kingsley-Pierson football made a return trip to the playoffs last year marking their first postseason appearance since 2015. The Panthers ran into an outstanding Remsen St. Mary’s team in the playoffs but, before that, were playing some great football. Head Coach Geoff Olson says he’s been able to continue that momentum from last year with a well-experienced group of guys returning.
The Panthers averaged 281 yards of offense per game with a majority of those yards coming on the ground. This season, Coach Olson says the Panthers will be quick again and hope to be very balanced on the offensive end.
While the Panthers return a lot of guys, the players they do lose to graduation were very impactful. Quarterback Jackson Howe graduates after throwing for over 1,000 yards, 17 touchdowns, and running for another 11 touchdowns. Running back Damon Schmid graduates after accounting for 12 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. Coach Olson says replacing those guys could take some new looks on offense to make sure they are playing to their new strengths.
On defense, Kingsley-Pierson returns three of their top five tacklers from last year, four of their top five leaders in sacks, and their two leaders in interceptions. Needless to say, Coach Olson had something that worked on defense last season. Now, it’s just a matter of making sure that formula continues to work with some new guys sprinkled in.
The Panthers jump into the deep end in week one with a matchup against a top-ten foe in G-T/R-A. The Titans beat Kingsley-Pierson last year by four points in a game the Panthers were not well-prepared for. Coach Olson says his team learned from that and will be much more ready to take the field in their first game.
Kickoff is at 7:00 PM on Friday night in Ruthven between the Titans and the Panthers.
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