GREENSBORO, Fla. (WTXL) - The West Gadsden football team has always sat around the .500 mark when it comes to football, but the Panthers warn not this year, as this year they are ready to leave a mark.
Joey Striplin enters his third year as head coach of the Panthers, and this season, he said the guys have taken their involvement to the next level. Striplin even went as far to say he has had to kick them out of the weight room.
Striplin said the Panthers have rallied around young quarterback Denttarius Yon, who threw for two touchdowns in the Panther's spring game, and behind that young quarterback, and the Panthers hard work, Striplin said this is the year West Gadsden finally gets over the hump.
"Offseason has been huge, with these guys buying in and these guys have bought in," he said. "We want to run the football a little bit more, I know these guys are probably looking at me like no, because we do throw the ball a lot, but we definitely want to run the ball some more, we got some hard nosed linebackers, our offensive line has been a big key for us. I think getting over the hump is going to be that offensive line this year. We have more size, got a lot of big guys, and they worked hard this summer and got a lot stronger."
West Gadsden opens up the year against county foe East Gadsden next week in preseason action. They are on the road at Jefferson County for their first game of the regular season on August 28th.