Van Alstyne Panthers
Last Year: (7-5, 4-2) District 5-3A DI
Coach: Mikeal Miller (35-22) 5 Years
Last Postseason Appearance: 2011 Regional Semifinalist
Players to watch: DE Dalton Jones, CB Kearon Redmon, OLB Adam White, QB Alex Phillips, OL Will Brogdon, RB Dont'e Kehler, LB Will Jones, WR Grayson Leinart, DE Matt Burge, K Collin Fagan, LB Bryce Himmelreich, OL Seth Caraway, LB Will Jones, OLB Trent Alexander, WR Shawn Wheeler
The Van Alstyne Panthers suffered through a one and nine season in 2012, but turned things around into 2013. They made it to the second round of the playoffs and with 18 starters returning, they feel their experience is a big strength.
"The more kids you got coming back, the more you can pick up where you left off, instead of having to start over from the beginning. We're hoping the experience pays off for us," said head coach Mikeal Miller
It's not just the fact that these guys have played with each other for a while, they're also comfortable on the field together.
"We've grown up with each other, and its exciting getting out here and playing the sport you love," said defensive end Dalton Jones.
And after last year's big turnaround,one prominent high school football publication has them picked as the dark horse to win state,so you can bet expectations are pretty high.
"Our expectation is to go compete for a district championship and to play as long as we can in the playoffs," said Miller.