To open the season Community football has suffered two double digit losses, losing 42-13 to Pottsboro before losing 67-7 to Brock.
This week the Braves head back on the road, as they face their first 4A opponent of the season in the Spring Hill Panthers.
Spring Hill is 0-2, starting their season with a 17-14 loss to Sabine at home. Traveling on the road, the Panthers fell in their to the Gladewater Bears 66-20.
Spring Hill is competing in District 6-4A Div. II, alongside Gilmer, Liberty-Eylau, Paris North Lamar, Pittsburg and Pleasant Grove. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine has predicted the Panthers to finish fourth in the district standings, sitting behind Pleasant Grove, Gilmer and Pittsburg.
In 2019 Spring Hill finished with a 6-6 record, 2-2 in district. Spring Hill was victorious in their playoff game over Caddo Mills 23-12, before falling to Connally 54-14.
For 2020, coach Weston Griffis and the Panthers return nine starters back on the offense and four players defensively.
The Panther’s biggest strengths have come on defense where they have two high profile players in linebacker Ethan Allison and defensive lineman Maddox Price. A two-time defensive MVP, Allison recorded 100 tackles and 13 tackles for loss last season, while Maddox Price finished with 40 tackles.
Offensively, the offensive line returns all five starters, including Aaron Collier and Brandon Krenek. Devonte Powers, who finished with 506 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground in 2019, is a player expected to carry the load.
Other players to watch out for include wide receiver/defensive back Curtis Crowe, linebacker Brody Barnhill, running back/linebacker Michael Marrs, offensive lineman/defensive lineman Tony Natera, quarterback Brennan Ferguson and offensive lineman Colby Bowles.
Kickoff against the Panthers is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, beginning at 7 p.m at Panther Stadium.
By Jackson King • [email protected]