SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM)-The past two season the Siloam Springs Panthers have called the 7A/6A West conference home. This year they play in the central division swapping out power houses Fayetteville and Bentonville with Greenwood and Conway. The Bulldogs and Wampus Cats are no push over but it is a slight relief for a team that has four wins in two seasons.
“There’s a lot lighter load knowing that we are not as much of an under-dog,” senior quarterback Chris Lampton said. “We definitely have a chance to compete and do well this season, throughout the regular season.”
“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we’re going to come out there and play as hard as we can,” senior wide out Parker Baldwin said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Bentonville and it doesn’t matter if it’s Alma or whoever.”
A punching bag for the conference in 2012, the Panthers improved in 2013 advancing to the second round of playoffs. This years seniors bring the experience needed to have a bust out season.
“I remember I started as a sophomore and going to the 7A West and experience means the world, its a big deal,” Baldwin said. “Knowing what they’re playing against and what the competition is going to be like it really helps out a lot.”
“I think they believe that they can play,” head coach Bryan Ross said. “We competed well last year, had chances in several games but just didn’t quite get it done.”