The Russellville Football Panthers kick off the 2015 season with about a 60 mile trip to Cadiz, KY to face the Trigg County Wildcats.
Last season the Panthers opened their season with a victory over the Wildcats 36-20 at Rhea Stadium. This year will be a new chapter, as the Panthers will be the visiting team and have graduated some of their key players.
Prior to last week’s scrimmage against Glasgow, Panther Head Coach John Myers expressed some worry about injuries going into the season. Myers said that he expected the team to be ready for Trigg County, as most of the holdouts at scrimmage were for precautionary reasons.
The scrimmage game was an opportunity for players to get on-field time that might not have been able to before.
Coach Myers has said that the biggest Panther weakness is a lack of depth. This is a situation that has been a problem for the Panthers in the past. The upside of it is that it creates an environment for a team to truly grow as a team.
Trigg County finished 7-5 in the 2014 season and lost in second round of Gridiron Bowl to South Warren. The Panthers also lost to South Warren last year and after that game a fan commented that the Panthers starters could stand toe-to-toe with any team—but that the Panthers lacked the depth that bigger schools like South Warren and, perhaps, Trigg County has.
Expect a gritty game on Friday night in Cadiz, KY. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.