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Last Update: 11-25-2016  

The complete Division 3 playoff bracket. Also, a great analysis first hand on the selection of the brackets by Geoff Kimmerly

LSJ's Brian Calloway has a nice article on DeWitt Football.

Panther Puzzle:

The 2016 edition of the DeWitt Panthers sure was an exciting season. DeWitt pretty well rolled through the CAAC Red for their 11th consecutive conference championship. Exciting wins over Menominee and Portage Northern and Linden during the regular season. The tough loss at Grand Ledge. The exciting playoff wins over East Lansing and Mason. The tough loss to OLSM. All in all a great season.

This group of seniors finished 19-4 overall for their two years on varsity, 16-2 during the regular season and 10-0 in the conference.

Some great teams make deep runs into playoffs and some great teams don't. DeWitt has had a few senior classes with 24 wins, some with only two losses during their two seasons.

Comparing is pretty hard to do. So, we will try this.

Question: There are TWO senior classes that have been undefeated during their REGULAR seasons, they went 9-0 both years to finish 18-0. What two groups were they?  

Answer: The recent class of the 2013-2014 seasons finished both regular seasons at 9-0. As juniors they went to Ford Field at 13-0 and lost a heart breaker to Zeeland West and finished at 13-1 and as seniors they lost to Mason in the district final to finish at 10-1.

The other class to do so were the seniors of the 1998 and 1999 seasons. As juniors they lost to Detroit DePorres 20-9 in the Class C semi-final to finish at 11-1. As seniors, they carried the community to the Class B finals at the Pontiac Silverdome for the first time where they lost to #7 ranked NATIONALLY Farmington Hills Harrison and QB Mill "The Thrill" Coleman 28-27 to finish the season at 12-1. There were fewer playoff teams and one fewer playoff games at that time.

We usually try to ask items that you can find in places on the web site to help you get to know it a little better. From 2009 forward, we have loaded the season ending stats to the team pictures below on the conference champs icons. Other years to follow.

Did you know?

 There were a  number of school records set this season or other efforts that are in the top few in their categories. For instance, David Locher's awesome 94 yard run or Will Nagle's 47 career touchdown passes will land someplace on the Panther records.

These are being compiled and will be released at the time of the football banquet in early January.

DeWitt, MI (11-21-2016):  Boy, the weather sure took a turn Friday evening. From Indian summer to... well... November.

Last season, many of the semi-final games played on the east side of the state and in the Detroit-metro area saw a number of inches of snow during their games.

The Panthers have played a number of rotten weather semi-final games, the weekend before Thanksgiving as well. In 2013, DeWitt defeated St. Clair at Goodrich High school. The temperature was hovering in the low thirties with a 20-30mph wind out of the west. The Goodrich field ran east/west and really affected the ball on passes or kicks. The Panthers had a strong legged kicker in Cameron West who was able to boot the ball through the uprights. Leading 21-20, St. Clair drove the ball to the Panther 1 with under two minutes to play. They attempted a field goal that the wind swatted away and never had a chance.

The 2002 semi-final against Bloomfield Hills-Lahser was played at South Lyon and the turf at South Lyon had an good dusting of snow with a strong wind blowing from the west. Leading 14-7 at the half, the Panthers came out of the locker room and keyed by a GREAT defensive play, put four touchdowns on the board in the second half to "ice" the win at 42-7. That defensive play? Kirk Williams made an unbelievable one handed leaping catch, seemed to leap six feet into the air (I knew you would not believe us) for an interception. That gave DeWitt a short field and "Air Alger" did the rest. That game followed a frigid night in the Regional Final at Carelton Airport where the temp was in the upper teens with a wind.

Perhaps the most rugged semi-final, and worst playoff weather the Panthers were involved, was 1989. With a district rain and windstorm at Ludington, DeWitt played the semi-final game at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids against Zeeland East. Head coach Gail Thornton described the game to DeWittFootball.org.  

Zeeland had a highly toughted quarterback by the name of Jay Riersma, and he was headed to the University of Michigan to play football.  The weather came into play again, there was a huge ice storm during the night and when we arrived at Houseman Field, it had a solid inch of ice on the entire field.  The Zeeland coach went to the officials and attempted to postpone the game until 7pm so we could move to another field that was not covered in ice.  That was easy for him to say as Zeeland was only a few minutes away, but what was I supposed to do with our kids between 1 and 7pm!!  It turned into quite an arguement, but I recall saying to the official that unless there is lightning, I thought the policy was to play the game, he agreed and the game was on.  The ice gave the offense's a real advantage.  Everyone thought it would be a one or two touchdown game, but it turned out to be a scoring frenzy.  Zeeland threw the ball all over the field and we ran our option and counter plays at will.  I remember vividly the fealing that came over me, when it finally came to me that we were "Going to the Dome", and we were going to play for the Class B State Championship! 

DeWitt won the game 38-26.   






5 - 0

10 - 2


4 - 1

9- 1

St. Johns

3 - 2

5- 4


2 - 3

4 - 5


1 - 4

2 - 7


0 - 5

0 - 8


*2016 Playoff Qualifier

Mlive's Mike McKeon's aticle on the East Lansing at DeWitt game.
MLive's Mike McKeon's article on the Menominee at DeWitt game.
MLive's Mike McKeon's article on the DeWitt/St. Johns game
MLive's Mike McKeon's article on the DeWitt/Haslett game.
MLive's Mike McKeon's article on the DeWitt/Owosso game.
MLive's Mike McKeon's article on the DeWitt/Mason game.
MLive's Mike McKeon's article on the Waverly/DeWitt game.


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Panther News and Notes:

DeWitt, MI (01-04-2016): The DeWitt Football records have been updated to include the 2015 season. Please click here to review the records. Records including the 2016 season will be posted just after the Panther banquet the first Monday in January. 

Panther Profiles:

DeWitt, MI (Fall 2015): Many players have had the opportunity to move on from high school football to the college game from DeWitt High School. Recently, DeWittFootball.org had the opportunity to catch up with Ryan Anderson. Ryan was a receiver for the DeWitt 2011 and 2012 teams. Ryan was accepted to play football for Saginaw Valley State University, following in the steps of several other Panthers, including Caleb Higbie and Jason Fleet. Ryan played at SVSU for two seasons and now plays for Olivet College.

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DeWitt, MI (Winter 2015): Recently DeWittFootball.org had the opportunity to catch up with Paul Jorgensen. Paul was one of the most talented players to play for DeWitt and was an integral part of the success of the program from 2007 through 2009. A two way lineman for the Panthers, he played the “blind side” left tackle on offense and end on defense. 

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The DeWitt Panthers have played a lot of great games over the years, but perhaps none as exciting at the 2012 Division 3 District Championship game at Linden.

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