The Smiths Station High Panthers were on a well-deserved bye week this past week. The Panthers have played eight straight games, four of which have been on the road, in one of the toughest regions in Alabama.
The team has had some tough outcomes and has been hit with the injury bug and took this past week to work on the basics and get rested to finish out the season.
“We gave Monday and Friday off and went back to work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in full pads. We worked on blocking and tackling, trying to get better,” coach Mike Glisson said.
The Panthers’ win-loss record doesn’t reflect how the team has played this year. Two of the team’s losses were only by three points. Enterprise, Stanhope Elmore, and many of the games the Panthers scored multiple times in the first quarter, were competitive until the fourth quarter. The Panthers are currently 2-6 overall and 0-5 in region games.
The Panthers are excited to show what they can do in the final two games of the season.
“The team is responding well and are trying to have fun finishing out the season,” Glisson said. “They are going to play hard. I guarantee it.”
At this point in the season, Smiths Station isn’t going to the playoffs, and now they are looking forward to next year. The team will have a lot of important players returning on offense and defense, and they have gained valuable playing time this year. A lot of younger players have gained vital in-game experience, especially in Region 2A games, that they can carry over for the 2020 season.
“I want to see them compete,” Glisson said when asked about his goals for the remainder of the season. “I told them they have seven more practices and two more games and your season is done.”
The Panthers are back on the road tomorrow night for the last region game of the 2019 season and will take on the Prattville High Lions at Stanley-Jensen Stadium in Prattville. The Lions come into the matchup 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the region. The Lions kept Smiths Station out of playoffs last year with a 23-18 win, and the Panthers look to return the favor this year. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 .pm., ET.