What to expect at State Football this week

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Senior Braeden Cooper celebrates a sack the Panthers gave the Salthawks during Derby & Hutch's second match-up this season.

Senior Braeden Cooper celebrates a sack the Panthers gave the Salthawks during Derby & Hutch's second match-up this season.

Senior Braeden Cooper celebrates a sack the Panthers gave the Salthawks during Derby & Hutch's second match-up this season.


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Erin Kooser
Panther’s Tale

 

Get ready for the rematch of the season. As Derby (12-0) takes on Blue Valley (12-0) for the Class 6A state title on Saturday Nov. 26. Here is a list of things you as fans should expect to see…

 

Big numbers from senior QB Dan Dawdy

This season Dawdy is 147/232 in completions for 2,532 yards, has 33 TD’s, only 4-int’s and a record of 12-0.

Senior Dan Dawdy runs the ball during the panthers game vs the Lawrence Free State Firebirds

Senior Dan Dawdy runs the ball during the panthers game vs the Lawrence Free State Firebirds

Senior Dan Dawdy looks downfield to throw the football during the Panthers game at Hutch.

Senior Dan Dawdy looks downfield to throw the football during the Panthers game at Hutch.

 

A lot of green in the stands

The student section is encouraging everyone to wear their Derby green!

 

…and blonde on the field

A lot of the players bleached their hair for fun and to do one last thing together that could also unite them.

A lot of the players bleached their hair for fun and to do one last thing together that could also unite them.

 

Stands packed with fans

Derby always travels well for the football team and many plan to travel up to Emporia and cheer on the Panthers this Saturday

Student section on jersey themed night when the panthers faced Hutch again in the playoffs.

Student section on jersey themed night when the panthers faced Hutch again in the playoffs.

Peerlus Walker’s mom hollers from the stands during a home game at Panther Stadium.

Peerlus Walker’s mom hollers from the stands during a home game at Panther Stadium.

 

Energy from everyone

Every player, coach and fan will bring it all, as they say “Bring the Juice”

 

Derby students cheers from the stands with a sign that read "Bring the Juice"

Derby students cheers from the stands with a sign that read “Bring the Juice”

 

Big plays from defense

Derby’s defense is led by seniors Tommy Carter, Braeden Cooper, and Peerlus Walker

Derby's defense sacks Lawrence free state QB in their sub-state game.

Derby’s defense sacks Lawrence free state QB in their sub-state game.

Senior Braeden Cooper celebrates a sack the Panthers gave the Salthawks during Derby & Hutch's second match-up this season.

Senior Braeden Cooper celebrates a sack the Panthers gave the Salthawks during Derby & Hutch’s second match-up this season.

 

Explosive offense performances

Featuring juniors Brody Kooser and Michael Littleton and seniors Kenyon Tabor, Kai Lemons and Lachlan Jones.

junior Brody Kooser

junior Brody Kooser

 

junior Michael Littleton

junior Michael Littleton

 

senior Kenyon Tabor

senior Kenyon Tabor

 

senior Kai Lemons

senior Kai Lemons

senior Lachlan Jones

senior Lachlan Jones

 

 

Lots of screaming from the sidelines.

Head Coach Brandon Clark

Head Coach Brandon Clark

Coaches from the sideline call a play

Coaches from the sideline call a play

 

And celebrating too!

Seniors hug teammate Dan Dawdy

Seniors hug teammate Dan Dawdy

Coach Clark cheers from the sideline

Coach Clark cheers from the sideline

Big hugs after a big play from junior Evan Clark during the first playoff game vs Wichita Northwest

Big hugs after a big play from junior Evan Clark during the first playoff game vs Wichita Northwest

After sophomore Jackson Syring recovers the ball during the Lawrence free state game celebrations ignited in Panther Stadium.

After sophomore Jackson Syring recovers the ball during the Lawrence free state game celebrations ignited in Panther Stadium.

From the field Senior Cadin Gustafson encourages the crowd to get loud

From the field Senior Cadin Gustafson encourages the crowd to get loud

Seniors Peerlus Walker and James Werbin lift there arms in celebration

Seniors Peerlus Walker and James Werbin lift there arms in celebration

Senior Peerlus Walker jumps on senior Tommy carter in celebration.

Senior Peerlus Walker jumps on senior Tommy carter in celebration.

All photos by Erin Kooser

 

 

Stay up to date with live coverage from the state game on our twitter page: @pantherpubnews

 

 

 

 

 

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What to expect at State Football this week