The Knoxville JV football team finished the year with a record of 2-6-1. Most of the games were shortened to two halves this year due to low numbers.
The team showed tremendous improvement from the beginning to end. The freshmen in particular, developed as much as any group over the past several years.
This is especially notable, since they were only able to scrimmage 11 on 11 two to three times for the entire season. Their greatest gains came in the fact they became much more aggressive as the season progressed and always played with effort and resiliency.
Communication on the offensive line went from an extreme weakness to a strong point during the year. Those lineman included:Stephen Metcalf, Ethan Carter, Austin Koons, AJ Caldwell, Hayden Lee and Kyler Reidel.
Tristan DeJong and Gavin Montalvo were the primary ball carriers and became much more adept at reading blocks and following their blockers. Jesse Prather went most of the way at quarterback and became much more of a leader for the offense.
Grant Liston, James Douglas and John Reilly held down the tight end position and were key in helping spring many long plays on sweeps to their side of the field.
Defensively the Panthers were anchored by the defensive linemen, who each had at least one tackle for loss. They included: Blaine Kingery, Bode Cox, Jaxon Zuck and Zack Elliott.
The linebacking corps produced the majority of the tackles and include the following players: Logan Dowell, Andrew Orr and Ryaln Mulder.
The young Panthers got outstanding contribution from all of their defensive secondary members as they averaged over an interception per game as a group. Those players were Cole Carter, Braiden Dudley, Konner Leslie, Mike Greubel, Tyler Kearney and Jordan Brandon.
From the coaches standpoint, “We were very pleased with the overall attitude and effort which allowed the team to progress throughout the season The limited number of players along with the limited available game time can be quite frustrating. However, they continued to battle and showed what growth one can achieve through hard work and tenacity to overcome adversity,” Coach Brad McWilliams said.
McWilliams was assisted with the Knoxville Panther JV program by assistant coach Matt Ritchhart. Suggested donation is a donation of a sports drink.