The Kick-Off Classic was supposed to be the proving ground for the West Gadsden High School Panthers. Unfortunately, inclement weather forced the referee to suspend the game with 3:10 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers found shelter in the "Dog House." It was pouring rain, but the mood inside the "Dog House" was optimistic. The Panthers were only able to run one series on both offense and defense. However, much was revealed in less than 9 minutes of play following about 3 weeks of practice.
According to Coach Antonio Jefferson and players alike, the defense is loaded with skills. Ironically, the team was not able to get into their stride.
Jefferson said this Panther team is more explosive than last year’s squad, and once the team rids itself of fumbles and becomes more efficient, then fans, players and coaches can expect "typical Panther football; which is play hard football," the coach said.