Friday Aug. 7, 2009
Evans, Ga--Even with the injuries Lakeside suffered early on, they were able to overcome and still post a 7 and 4 record. If they stay away from those this year, it could be even better. Yes, there are holes to fill, but Jody Grooms is confident the team can repeat last season's performance.
Looks like the strength of this year's team will be up front on both sides of the ball. The O.L. and D.L. bring a good corp of players back and the linebackers are a solid bunch. So solid right now they're making it hard on a young offense to find it's rhythm.
"I feel real good about the group we have." said coach Jody Grooms "That's going to be the key. When you look at a football game, or football team, if you can be solid up front on the offensive and defensive line and solid at linebacker then you got a chance to win a few games and I feel like that may be our strength this year."
"You got to want it, you got to want it everyday, you got to come to work, work out hard and just want it and keep working." said senior Chris Hartfield
On the offensive side of the ball, the Panthers will have a new quarterback with the departure of two year starter Chris Chandler so their may be some growing pains there. Don't expect the team to switch things up because of it.
"If you're a pass team, which a lot of people have categorized us as, then you'll have those kind of quarterbacks. We sometimes get a stigma of being a passing team, but you know we try to be 50-50, we try to be balance and that's what's important to us." added Grooms
Lakeside also lost Kyle Tudor who's now playing ball at East Carolina. The Panthers open the season with a tough one as they take on Evans.