PHS football practice off to good start

Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


THE PLYMOUTH FOOTBALL team (above) works on its base offense and defense during Friday morning’s practice. The Panthers began preseason practice Tuesday. THE PLYMOUTH FOOTBALL team (above) works on its base offense and defense during Friday morning’s practice. The Panthers began preseason practice Tuesday. PLYMOUTH — Head coach Dan Knaus is pleased with the progress of his Plymouth football team after one week of preseason practice.

The Panthers began practice Tuesday and put on full pads Saturday. PHS opens its season Aug. 21 at Kenosha Indian Trails.

“It was a productive week. The kids are working hard,” said Knaus.

“I really like the kids’ effort and their coachability, and we’re healthy. We’re excited to go on to the next phase which is week two.”

The Panthers are the two-time defending Eastern Wisconsin Conference champions. Last season, PHS finished 10-2 overall and reached the Division 3 state quarterfinals. PHS graduated several key players off that squad but return two 2013 All-EWC firstteam picks in senior wide receiver Zac Cain and senior linebacker Tyler Willeford.


Dan Knaus (below), Plymouth head football coach, instructs the defense during Friday morning’s practice. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley Dan Knaus (below), Plymouth head football coach, instructs the defense during Friday morning’s practice. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley Knaus liked the physical condition of the squad overall at the outset of preseason drills.

“With our summer conditioning program and weight-lifting program, the kids who were in that came in in great shape. I’m pleased with the kids’ work ethic and attitude,” he said.

This past week, the Panthers’ focus was installing the base offense and defense, and working on technique, terminology and mental preparation. Knaus said the team, including the new varsity players, are picking up everything well.

Knaus said this week’s focus will be offensive and defensive repetitions in order to get the mental part down, and work on the speed and intensity needed for game action. The Panthers began full contact Monday, Aug. 11.

“We have to have the technique we learn and take that to full speed. Mentally, we’re coming along well,” said the coach.

“We’ve had a good start to the preseason. It’s a long process. We’ll be working at it and trying to improve each day.”

The PHS program has a combined 48 sophomores, juniors and seniors, and about 30 of them will make up the varsity squad. Knaus said the overall numbers for the program are a little less than in past years.

The Panthers will participate in a four-team scrimmage Friday at UW-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium, starting at 9 a.m. The other team will be Oshkosh North, Sheboyby


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