Panther football returns Friday night

Blake Chadwick

It’s rivalry week in Derby as the Panthers take on the Campus Colts in a game where both teams should be refreshed after the cancelation of their last two weeks of games due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

For the Panthers, this game is more of a matchup of two teams that are close in proximity, while Campus views it as a rivalry. The Panthers are the defending Class 6A champions, while the Campus Colts, who are coming off a 1-8 year, already have as many wins as last year. 

But then again the year is 2020, and you never know what could happen. 

“They do a lot of jaw jacking,” junior Corey Akins said. 

Akins, who went to Haysville in middle school, is more than thrilled to be back on the field. And when it comes to Campus for Akins, he said he is “looking forward to settling all that talking on the field.” 

For most Panthers, the biggest thing their coaches preached during the suspension of football activities was staying in shape. 

For junior Quentin Dorsey, that was his most important focus. 

“I have been going up to the field every day to get conditioning in and then using the weights that I have at home,” said Dorsey. 

The Panthers will play at Campus at 7 Friday night.