North Lamar Panthers
Last Year: (2-8, 0-5) District 7-4A DI
Coach: Tim Billings (N/A)
Last Postseason Appearance: 2012 Bi-District Finalist
Players to watch: RB Keitron Reed, LB Cameron Avery, LB Jonathan Edwards, OL Cody Berry, WR Micah Booker, DL Tyler Trammel, DB Trey Scudder, LB Hunter Reeves, WR Samaki Walker, OL Klayton Drake, QB Tyler Anthony
North Lamar amassed just two wins last season,neither of which were district foes,but with a new head coach at the helm the Panthers are hoping to turn the tide in the right direction.
"We need to get the program back to where it needs to be. With anything, success brings out more fans and more players," said head coach Tim Billings.
Billings is a big believer in conditioning, even hiring a strength and conditioning coach.
"The tempo is more up and players are wanting to play," said lineman Ty Jones.
Playoff games have been slim of late, but Billings isn't concerned with playoff appearances just yet.
"Each week we write a chapter in the book and that's a long way from now. Right now we're just worried about getting ourselves better," said Billings.
Players believe the new direction will bring an added confidence to the program and they can put an end to their recent struggles against their cross town rivals, the Paris Wildcats.
"I think we're going to win, that's my opinion," said defensive lineman Cody Berry.