Senior night’s ‘bittersweet’ for Panther football

Friday is the football team's final regular-season home game

Kaitlyn Sanders

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It’s senior night at Panther stadium on Friday night when Derby (5-1) plays host to Salina South (1-5) at 7 p.m.

Senior night is nostalgic for not only the players but their families and fans as the last two regular season games approach.

“This is what every senior wants, he wants to play his senior year, play in front of his home crowd, and just feel the atmosphere.” senior wide receiver Brett Leon said.

The season may not be over for a couple weeks, but that doesn’t mean realization of the final season hasn’t set in yet.

“It definitely makes me realize it’s coming to an end, it’s almost over. It’s kind of bittersweet,” senior wide receiver Michael Littleton said.

Senior Michael Littleton against Goddard-Eisenhower Sept. 1.

In 2016 the Panthers took were the top seed, guaranteeing them home games during regionals.

This season they hope for the same.

“I think we’ll get home advantage just because of our record. But that shouldn’t mean that we should take any team lightly. There’s still that one team, that one upset that could happen, but I do think we will get home field advantage,” Leon said.

The Panthers are still not jumping too far ahead,.

“I just really think about one week at a time cause if you try to think too far ahead you might overlook whatever team you are playing. I’m obviously thinking about state, but you have to take it one week at a time,” Littleton said.

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Senior night’s ‘bittersweet’ for Panther football