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Last Update: 10-19-2017 

2017 CAAC Red Champs - An Even Dozen!

Courtesy: Michelle Joseph

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The Lansing State Journal had an article last week regarding the area coaches who have done the best coaching jobs this season.

Among them was Morrice's Kendall Crocket. Crockett, a DeWitt grad played on the '92 and '93 teams and was an assistant under Coach Zimmerman for several years. Morrice plays 8 man football and is currently 7-1 on the season. They were WLNS Team of the week a couple of weeks ago.  

Other former Panthers in the coaching ranks include Tony Sigmon at Whitehall. Sigmon has the Vikings 6-2 on the season and the two losses are by a total of five points. Sigmon, on the '99, '00 and '01 teams at DeWitt, has had the Viking program turned around and instilled a winning spirit and a lot of community pride. If you get a moment, jump onto their Facebook Page and wish Tony and his team well.

Tyler Wellman is an offensive coordinator at Lakeland University in Wisconsin. Wellman was on the '03 and '04 Panther teams that went to the Silverdome. He went onto play and start a record 41 consecutive games at Alma College.

Also, David Schoonover is in the coaching ranks as well. The offensive line anchor of the '99 and '00 Panther teams, he went onto the University of Michigan and played guard for Lloyd Carr. Dave is the freshman coach at DeWitt and has his Freshman team 8-0 on the season.

Good luck to all former Panthers.

Panther Puzzle

Friday evening, the Panthers had a curious penalty with a holding call on the extra point after the second touchdown. Usually teams, like DeWitt, can get an extra point off in 1.6 seconds. A very late flag came in. Jack Horan had made the extra point, his 36th consecutive of the season and had not missed until then. After 10 yard penalty, Jack just pulled the longer kick to the left.

Horan is an excellent extra point kicker, and will end the season as one of the most accurate Panther kickers. He tied the record for the second most consecutive extra points in a game with eight in the Waverly game.

Horan is one behind second place for most consecutive extra points for a Panther kicker.

The Puzzle. Who is the record holder for consecutive extra points for a Panther kicker in a season?

A. Cody Ballard - 24 in 2009

B. Matt Meagher - 26 and 30 in 2015.

C. Issac Bush - 20 in 2001

D. Lucas Wey - 49 in 2002

E. Don Tait - 37 in 2006

Bonus: He holds the record for most consecutive points in a game. He is? Isaac Bush in 2001 vs Perry with 9 


DeWitt, MI (10/15/2017): . The DeWitt Panthers host Portage Northern for Homecoming 2017 Friday evening at Memorial Stadium at 7p. Gates open at 6pm. 

Plan to arrive early and enjoy the many activities around the stadium area. Also, enjoy the parade, which will run on Herbison and Schavey Roads around the 5pm hour.  A lot of former cheerleaders will be on the track to relive some of those golden memories.

The Huskies enter the game with DeWitt with a 2-6 record, but have lost three games just by a few points. They play in the rugged Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference with perrineal powers Stevensville Lakeshore, Portage Central and St. Joseph. The Huskies lost by only three to Stevensville and five to St. Joseph.

Last season the game at Portage Northern was a physical game. DeWitt rolled to 580 yards with 484 on the ground. During the game, DeWitt had 8 penalties for 85 yards, and Northern was not flagged.

Friday night is the final game of the regular season. The playoff parings will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit Sunday evening, October 22, at 7p.


Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and GR Christian game.

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and Grand Ledge game.

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and Mason game.

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on DeWitt at Charlotte game.

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and Waverly game.

Please enjoy Mike McKeons'a recap of the Panther and Redwing game.

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther win over Haslett.

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's recap of the Panther win at Linden.


Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Final
DeWitt Panthers 0 13 6 14 0 33
Linden Eagles 3 0 0 0 0 3

Team Plays Yards Description
Linden Eagles 13 79 at 6:26 1st Q, H, 4th D & 5, Koleton Strauss makes 22 yard field goal
DeWitt Panthers 6 66 at 8:23 2nd Q, V, 1st D & 10, Blake Gatfield passes to Noah Koenigsknect for 29, TD
DeWitt Panthers n/a n/a 2nd Q, V, Jack Horan makes extra point
DeWitt Panthers 7 45 at 0:14 2nd Q, V, 3rd D & 10, Blake Gatfield passes to Alan Smith for 16, TD
DeWitt Panthers n/a n/a 2nd Q, V, Jack Horan extra point is wide left
DeWitt Panthers 11 65 at 8:19 3rd Q, V, 2nd D & 19, Darron Weber rushes for 19 for a TD
DeWitt Panthers n/a n/a 3rd Q, V, Jack Horan extra point is blocked
DeWitt Panthers 4 32 at 9:19 4th Q, V, 2nd D & 7, Blake Gatfield passes to Derek Hamp for 9, TD
DeWitt Panthers n/a n/a 4th Q, V, Jack Horan makes extra point
DeWitt Panthers 6 57 at 4:53 4th Q, V, 1st D & 10, Anthony Joseph passes to Alan Smith for 23, TD
DeWitt Panthers n/a n/a 4th Q, V, Jack Horan makes extra point







Beanie Howell of 730 AM Sports has a nice fun fact sheet on DeWitt Football.
Panther picture of the week

The Powerful Panther Freshman offense gets another play from quarterback Grant Uyl. 






Week 9 Week 8


5 - 0

7 - 1

Portage Northern

Beat Linden 33-3


4 - 1

6 - 2


Beat Williamston 20-14

St. Johns

3 - 2

5 - 3

at Saginaw Swan Valley

Beat Battle Creek Central 70-54


2 - 3

3 - 5

at Eaton Rapids

Lost to Lakewood Lake Odessa 51-28


1 - 4

2 - 6

at Lansing Catholic Beat Detroit Voyageur 43-6


0 - 5

2 -6

at Pinckney Beat Stockbridge 30-15

*2017 Playoff Qualifier


DeWitt, MI (8-14-2017): It is here. The mornings are darker a little longer, the evenings a little shorter, a coolness in the air that signals the start of football and specifically DeWitt Panther Football.  

All three levels have started practice and next week marks the first games. Freshman Coach Dave Schoonover, JV Coach John Spicer and Varsity Coach Rob Zimmerman are putting the boys through the paces to get ready for another great fall of Panther Football.

The Freshman and JV coaches always have a fresh group of faces each year. At the Varsity level, gone is a good portion of the offensive and defensive lines, three year starting QB Will Nagle is gone as is Mr. Everything JD Ross. Zimmerman had a good summer with a new QB and receivers. Out of the six 7-on-7 tournaments entered, the Panthers won four and made the semi-finals in the other two. The Panthers won the Wayne State tournament for the third year, the Macomb Dakota camp, the Notre Dame camp in Notre Dame Stadium, Western Michigan Bronco Classic and the Kirk Cousins 7-on-7 camp defeating defending camp and State Champ Muskegon. Please enjoy the video shot by WOOD-TV8.

Zimmerman told DeWittFootball.org that his team will be young and not as big as last year's team but they are starting to come together as a unit and should be a fun season.

The Panther football records have been updated through the 2016 season.

 2016 Capital Area Activities Conference Champions (11 in a row)








*Click on icon to view team  information, 2009-2016.

Panther News and Notes:

Recently, a former All-State Panther passed. Roger Wardell played for the Panthers in the late 60s and early 70s.

Roger, alongside of team mate Steve Shooltz, was named to the Associated Press First Team All-State in Class C for the 1971 season. Roger was a four year player on the Varsity and helped DeWitt continue the winning ways starting in 1968 when he was a Freshman. Wardell was named All Central Michigan Athletic Conference first team his junior and senior seasons as an offensive and defensive tackle as sell as All-State Honorable Mention his junior year. He was selected as a team captain and team MVP, as a lineman his senior season. As a freshman, he registered 44 tackles making a significant impact his very first year. Roger was also an excellent baseball player earning All-CMAC honors for three years.

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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