FFN Countdown Day 6: Siloam Springs Panthers
Head Coach: Bryan Ross
Conference: 7A/6A West
2012: 1-10, 0-7
Returners: 5 OFF/4 DEF
Sept. 2 Shiloh Christian
Sept. 13 at Russellville
Sept. 20 Gravette
Sept. 27 at Heritage
Oct. 4 Bentonville
Oct. 11 at Springdale
Oct. 18 at Har-Ber
Oct. 25 Fayetteville
Nov. 1 Rogers
Nov. 8 at Van Buren
Siloam Springs Head Coach Bryan Ross took over the head coaching job of the Panthers in 2009 after a wonderful 2008 season playing in the 5A West and in those four years as head coach, the Panthers have had some highs and some lows, none more than last year.
“We knew it was going to be a very, very difficult year,” said Ross. “But until you get out there in the middle of it, you can’t simulate that in practice.”
“Being one of the better teams in the 5A west,” said Left Tackle Blaine Crouse. “Then coming up in 7A, moving up in class and playing all whole other competition, it’s like a good old roller coaster.”
That roller coaster last year spent most of its time in the gate as the Panthers only won one game against Gravette, but Siloam knows what they are getting into this year and have one major goal.
“We want our kids to understand that success is reaching your potential,” said Ross.
“We want to work to our own potential to compete with them,” said Left Guard Daryn Katcher. “We’ve worked a whole lot harder in the off season and we’ve been at practice for two-a-days in the summer, working our butts off to be prepared.”
Even with all of those two-a-days, there’s one major difference this year that the Panthers plan on translating to wins.
“We are a whole lot more together as a team,” said Katcher. “We’ve been together through so much and I think we feel like more of a family this year.”
“We want to be a team that the other guys know that they’re not going to quit,” said Right Tackle J.C. Everett. “They are going to go all out the entire game the whole time and they’re not going to give up even though they’re smaller.”