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Panther football taking it slow in spring
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Though it's spring, the Panthers are still fired up about football. - photo by By Jimmy Currier
Last year, Liberty County had its best football season in school history.
The Panthers achieved their first winning season, going 7-3, and made the state playoffs. Now, they want to build upon last season’s success.
They took the first step Monday with the opening of spring practice.
Spring practice is two weeks, ending May 4. During the first week, several players aren’t on the field because of track, baseball or lack of a physical.
LCHS coach Kirk Warner encourages all prospective players to get a free physical Saturday at Snelson-Golden Middle School’s gymnasium between 10 a.m.-noon.
As far as practice, Warner said they are taking it slow and teaching fundamentals.
“We’re teaching them how to line up, the stances and starts,” he said. “We’re going over the basic mesh points with the young quarterbacks, tailbacks and fullbacks, and the basic routes with the receivers.”
The players aren’t wearing pads, just helmets.
Some of the key players returning to the gridiron include All Region 3-AAA first-team fullback Byron Calahan, who also plays linebacker, first-team wide receiver Roderick Jones, second-team offensive lineman Josh Fuller, second-team linebacker Dimitri Lane, who also plays fullback, offensive linemen Jonathan Davis and John Clark.
The Panthers lost some prime players to graduation, including quarterback Robert Walsh, wide receiver Chris Donaghe, defensive end and tight end Cornelius Barham, running back and defensive back Donovan Kates, offensive and defensive lineman Darryl Davis, defensive lineman Antonio Stewart and offensive lineman Nick Radunske.
Henry Barrett, Julian Stokes and Demetrius Stinson will battle for the quarterback position.
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