Updated Thu, Oct 13, 2011 12:07 pm
The Maysville Panthers will be the underdogs when they head to Thornville this Friday to take on the Sheridan Generals, but coach Whit Parks remains confident in his team.
“We’re not interested in playing spoiler,” said Parks. “We’re excited to go down there and see what we can do.”
Through seven weeks of play, the Panthers have already proven what they are capable of doing at the expense of a few solid teams.
Led by star running back and Player of the Year nominee Jeremy Willison, Maysville rebounded from losing its first two games by rattling off four consecutive victories, including an upset win over New Lexington.
If the Panthers are planning on shocking the Generals, coach Parks knows he will have to call on #25 plenty of times throughout the game.
“(Jeremy) is critical to our success. He’s an outstanding back,” said Parks.
Of course, coach Paul Culver Jr. and the Sheridan Generals have a tremendous running back of their own in Mitchell Fouch. Fouch has put up unbelievable numbers through seven weeks of play, rushing for 1,171 yards and 16 TD’s and averaging an astounding 12.6 yards per carry.
Even still, the Generals have a strong-armed quarterback in Drew Murray and a capable receiving core led by Dalton McGlaughlin and Jacob Horsley.
“They’re not just a one-pronged attack, that’s for sure,” acknowledged Parks. “They have outstanding athletes.”
But as good as Sheridan has been this season, there is no denying that Maysville will be fired up for this game. The Panthers saw their playoff hopes all but vanish last week in tough loss to Coshocton, and nothing would make their season more than spoiling Sheridan’s undefeated record.