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THURSDAY • August 18, 2016

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Glascock coach previews 2016 Panther season BY CAITLIN BOLAND ccarpenter@mcduffieprogress.com

The Glascock County Panthers ended the 2015 season with only one win. However, they are working to get better this year. “This is a fun team to coach that listens well and is trying to get better,” said head coach Chris Kelley. The team lost nine seniors, and Kelley said they are having to replace a lot of positions, especially on defense. This year’s team will have 32 players with 12 freshman. The 2016 team will also have eight seniors -- Austin Coxwell, Leland Bazemore, Ben Usry, Austin Fayson, Will Hadden, Tuff Franks, Steven Usry, George Deraney and Mckenzie Perry -- to lead the team. “Our goal for this year is to work hard and get

better each week and to have a successful season,” Kelley said. “We are working on basic fundamentals to become fundamentally sound individually and becoming polished on team d and team o.” Kelley said the primary thing he is trying to instill in his players is mental and physical toughness. Going into the 2016 season, Kelley said the team’s strength is the offensive line, and he wants the community to come out and support the team. “Come out and support the kids because they work extremely hard everyday, and it means a lot to them to pack the stands every Friday,” Kelley said. Glascock’s first regular season game is Aug. 19 against King’s Ridge Christian at 7:30 p.m.

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