Panthers off to good start in preseason practice

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


PLYMOUTH DEFENSIVE linemen (left) attempt to penetrate the offensive line during a drill at Thursday morning’s preseason football practice. The Panthers, who began practice Tuesday, open their season Aug. 19 at New Berlin Eisenhower. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH DEFENSIVE linemen (left) attempt to penetrate the offensive line during a drill at Thursday morning’s preseason football practice. The Panthers, who began practice Tuesday, open their season Aug. 19 at New Berlin Eisenhower. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Head coach Dan Knaus is pleased with what he’s seen thus far during the Plymouth football team’s preseason drills which began Tuesday.

“We had a nice first week. We installed our base offense and defense. The players are adapting well to our system,” said Knaus who enters his 10th season as the Panthers’ head coach.

The Panthers kick off their season Aug. 19 with a nonconference game at New Berlin Eisenhower.

“They have a great attitude and are excited for the new season,” said Knaus.

“The players that were around all summer for weight and speed train- ing are in great shape and ready to go.”


JIM BEAVER, Plymouth offensive line coach, directs a blocking drill during Thursday morning’s preseason football practice. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JIM BEAVER, Plymouth offensive line coach, directs a blocking drill during Thursday morning’s preseason football practice. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley In addition to putting in the base offense and defense, the other focus last week was working on fundamentals.

“The players are very coachable and focused for the season,” said the coach.

The Panthers practiced in full pads for the first time on Saturday when an intra-squad scrimmage was held. Saturday was the first day of hitting and Knaus said hitting will be a focus this week along with tackling, blocking and basic techniques.

Knaus said the number of players on the varsity roster is similar to last year.

“We are a little light on numbers but we are excited to get the season rolling,” he said.

The Panthers return All-East Central Conference first-team offensive lineman Derek Schweiger, a senior. PHS has it starting quarterback returning in senior Gavin Falk. Falk, who has started at QB since his sophomore season, was All-ECC honorable mention last season.

Last season PHS finished third in the new ECC with a 5-2 record and was 5-5 overall. The Panthers lost to Appleton Xavier in the first round of the Division 3 state playoffs.

PHS will participate in a fourteam scrimmage Friday at UW-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium. The scrimmage, which also includes Oshkosh North, Little Chute and Sheboygan North, is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.


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