school football season is getting closer every day. The Whitmer Panthers are
preparing to make another run at the state championship this year.
members of last year's state final team are gone, but Coach Jerry Bell isn't
worried about it. The Panther tradition is high expectations that get results.
really got a whole, brand new football team," Bell said. "But then again, they've
embraced those high expectations. They're practicing at a high level."
some of the players: Matt Winzler and Chase Bodeman have performed well as
sophomore quarterbacks. Jamal Bell, a junior tailback, was understudy last
year. Now it's his turn. And for defensive tackle there's junior Phillip
expect to be state champs," Hoskins said. "We come far. We work hard. No one
works as hard as we do."
part of this program is an honor," Jamal Bell added. "The coaching staff, the
community, they support us and everything."
Bell says the team is preparing to take that state title.
our expectation, and that's how we practice," he said. "Our schedule,
obviously, is gonna be tough. We're gonna embrace that and take on those
opponents each week, and just take one week at a time to get back to where we
want to be."