Tuesday August 3, 2010
Martinez, Ga--They were one of the best stories on the football scene a year ago. Lakeside having their best season ever with 10 wins and two home playoff games. A decent amount of new faces for the panthers but the expectations remain sky high.
The biggest change, at the top. For the first time in eight years, Jarrett Troxler won't be working under Jody Grooms. Instead, it's now Troxler's team to run. The former Panther offensive coordinator steps into the spotlight and readily admits, since things aren't broken, no need to make major fixes.
"It's been a pretty smooth transition" says new coach Jarrett Troxler "I haven't changed much. I've been here and what we've been doing is working so there was no need to come in and change a whole lot."
"There's been some change, coach Troxler has put his signature on some things but it's definitely been a continuation of coach Grooms" said Kendal Parker "Troxler has done a great job and it's not the same program it was, it's taking better steps but it's definitely building on it."
Kendal Parker and Jacob Lane are undoubtedly the leaders on a defense that has lots of new faces.All told the panthers have seven new starters on that side of the ball which was one of the top units in the entire state. On offense, the versatile Mark Weidenhaar leads the way and this team again should be able to put points on the board.
"We're going to have some seniors step up, take leadership, I'm going to have to take some leadership" said Mark Weidenhaar "We're all going to have to be a team and work together and we got to get it done."
"Our biggest strength this year is going to be our offense" added Troxler "We've got a bunch of kids back on offense. I think we're going to be pretty good up front just from what I saw in the spring and in the summer. Now you never know until you turn the lights on a Friday."
With the new region alignment, the panthers will have a tougher road to the playoffs. But if they get there, they could easily be a team to deal with in November.