Tuesday August 26, 2008
Evans, Ga--After last season's three wins, Lakeside coach Jody Grooms felt his Panther team was pushed around a little more then they should have. Thus, the change in off season philosophy and different workouts to make them stronger and they're hoping better for the upcoming year.
While they may be physically stronger, they're also stronger in the experience department. 18 starters are back and plenty of these kids have talent. Leading the charges third year quarterback Chad Chandler and linebacker Kyle Tudor. Besides the work in the weight room, a few road trips in the summer may go a long way in the fall.
"We went down to Hoover, Alabama this summer, we went to Ducan, Byrnes, Spartanburg and competed agains some really good competition from the southeastern United States and the kids did some good things and I think it's going to help us." said coach Jody Grooms "
The Panthers will also play in a vastly different region where only the local schools compete and are on the schedule. It's good for more natural rivalries, but it may be a bit overratted thinking they'll be top dog in the region.
"You know that we'll be playing closer to home but the competition is still going to be good. The teams we'll play will have a lot more speed" said senior Michael Paul
"A lot of people have made too much out of that, there's a lot of good football teams in this region. You could put us all in a hat, pull out four teams and that could be the predicted finishing order. Out them I think Evans is the team to beat." said coach Grooms
Lakeside will be without head coach Jody Grooms the first two games as he serves his suspension from running an illegal play at the end of last year. The Panthers actually open next week against evans.