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Last Update: 10-03-2015


This Week:

Haslett, MI (10-02-2015): On a chilly and breezy night, the DeWitt Panthers defeated the Haslett Vikings 27-10 in a hard hitting typical Haslett/DeWitt game. The win ensured DeWitt a trip to the playoffs with six wins. Haslett with three wins with three games to play must win out to qualify for the playoffs.   

It was homecoming night at Haslett. The Panthers scored first with three minutes to go in the first quarter on a two yard run by ShonQuise Trainor. The PAT was blocked by Haslett and marked the first unsuccessful PAT by the Panthers of the season. DeWitt led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Haslett did a nice job of keeping the Panther offense off the field by controlling the ball with short passes and the rugged running of QB Jake Tahaney. Mid-way through the second quarter, a great punt by Panther punter Will Nagle helped DeWitt win the field position battle and Haslett took over at the Viking 20 yard line. The defense held Haslett to a three and out. On the punt, JD Ross put on a big rush blocked the punt and gave the Panthers great field position at the Viking 11 yard line. The short field postion set up a nice yard touchdown pass from Nagle to Evan Conn and Matthew Meagher made the extra point to give DeWitt a 13-0 lead with just over four minutes to go in the half.

A nice kickoff return by Mykal Stinson and the passing and running of Tahaney and Haslett roared down the field and scored with 1:56 to play in second quarter on a Tahaney 20 yard burst up the middle, making it 13-7. Haslett then picked off an errant Nagle pass and moved the ball inside the Panther 10. A big sack on Tahaney by Panther defensive lineman Andrew Delassandro and Haslett missed a field goal with a few seconds to go in the half.

Haslett came out of the locker room and started chewing up the field and clock in the third quarter. With Tahaney running the ball along with Mykal Stinson and a few short passes to keep the Panthers on their heels, Haslett took nearly six minutes to drive the ball to the Panther 10, but the Panther defense stiffened and held Haslett to a 27 yard field goal. The Panther offense was ready to take the ball in the second half finally and marched 65 yards in seven plays with Trainor capping the drive on a 15 yard run for a touchdown. DeWitt led 20-10 heading into the final quarter.

Entering the fourth quarter, once again Haslett marched the ball down the field chewing up yardage and time. Haslett faced a fourth down near mid field and once again the defense came up big. Michael Stygles intercepted a pass by Stinson at the Panther 40 and returned it to the Viking 20 yard line. DeWitt wasted no time and Nagel fired a perfect strike to Conn who got both feet in bounds at the back of the end zone to put DeWitt up 27-10. DeWitt stopped Haslett once more with minute to play when Ross batted a pass away from a Haslett receiver on a fourth down.

The Panthers played bend but don't break defense tonight. Cade Skaar led the Panther defense with 10 tackles, Chase McPhee had nine, Alec Guillaume had nine, Collin Smith seven and Shayne Cullen with six.  Ross had a fine night with seven tackles, two batted passes and a blocked punt along with a good night running the ball.


Last Week:

Owosso, MI (9-26-2015): On a perfect early fall evening, the DeWitt Panthers defeated the Owosso Trojans at Willman Field in Owosso, 52-14. Both sides had good crowds, the 200 strong Owosso band did a beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful before the game and had a wonderful halftime routine.

DeWitt scored on its first possession of the game on a two yard run by Zane Froehlich. The next two Panther scores were compliments of the defense. While Owosso moved to near the Panther 20 yard line, Shayne Cullen laid a lick on an Owosso receiver and separated him from the ball and DeWitt had the ball at their own 15. Three plays and 85 yards, DeWitt scored on a 28 yard burst up the middle by Jacob Umholz (13 carries 85 yards). The next possession by Owosso and Nicholas Simon caused a fumble and was recovered by Collin Smith at the Trojan 31. Panther QB Will Nagle promptly hit his favorite target, Evan Conn on a 31 yard touchdown pass at the pylon, with Conn showing some nice footwork to get into the end zone.

Owosso got on the board by driving the length of the field and QB Nate Nicevski found Dakota Shears in the end zone for a 15 touchdown yard pass. DeWitt scored twice more before half time, with Nagle and Conn hooking up for a 13 yard pass play and Matthew Meagher kicking a 30 yard field goal to make it 31-6 at the half.

Owosso kicked off to start the second half and JD Ross fielded the ball at the 18 and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, his second of the season. Nagle hit ShonQuise Trainor for a 21 yard touchdown pass and Umholtz had a one yard run to finish the scoring for DeWitt. Nicevski scored on a 5 yard run late in the fourth quarter to finish out the scoring. 

Nagle finished with his best night, completing 14 of 19 for 210 yards and three scores. Umholtz had his best night running the ball with a pair of scores. Defensively, Collin Smith led DeWitt with seven tackles, Chase McPhee, Michael Stygles, Cade Skaar and Austin Ryan each had six tackles. Meagher was perfect on all seven extra points and one for one on field goals. Nicevski for Owosso was 8 for 16 passing for 60 yards and ran the ball 15 times for 170 yards.

Did you know?

Fifteen years ago, DeWitt visited Haslett and each team was undefeated. Haslett had its powerful fullhouseT and DeWitt was running the flex veer. The game was a punters duel as the teams played between the 30 yard lines but each team had a goal line stand. On and off rain showers did not help much but did not send any of the overflow crowd home at all. Finally, late in the fourth quarter, Panther quarterback Tony Pulice hit Tyler Thelen on a long touchown pass for the only score of the game, and the Panthers escaped with a hard fought 7-0 victory. DeWitt won the ICL that year. Haslett would not lose again until the first round of the playoffs and were defeated by Lansing Sexton and their huge offensive line 14-11. DeWitt lost the last game of the season against top ranked Chesaning 14-13. The following week, the Panthers went to Chesaning for the first round  of the playoffs and upset the Indians 35-28 when the Panthers scored four touchdowns in the second half.      

Panther Puzzle

 The State record for two teams playing agaisnt each other is 142 games between Ishpeming and Negaunee. If we did our math correctly, this marks the 44th game between Haslett and DeWitt, the most games DeWitt has played against any one opponent.  

The Puzzle: This is a two parter.... What team is second in the number of times DeWitt has faced as an opponent?

Part two: Which team has Haslett played against 64 times? Hint... last year broke the streak. They did not play against them last year.

Answer: DeWitt has faced the Bath Bees 30 times over the years when DeWitt was still the small farming community. Football was suspended at DeWitt during WWII and started back up after the war with six man football, then eight man and then started eleven man football in 1951 as part of the Tri-County D league with Bath. A few years of non-conference games in the late 50s and early 60s, the two were part of the Central Michigan C League ('63-'68). The two were non-league foes from the mid-70s and last played in 1985. The record; 17-12-1 in favor of DeWitt.

Haslett has played Fowlerville 64 times and after the CAAC realignment after the 2013 season when the Gladiators moved to the CAAC White.  





































       2015 Capital Area Activities Conference Red Standings




Week Seven

Week Six


4 - 0

6 - 0

St. Johns

beat Haslett 27-10

St. Johns

4 - 0

5 - 1

at DeWitt

beat Owosso 55-19


2 - 2

4 - 2

at Owosso

beat Waverly 42-35


1 - 3

3 - 3

at Waverly

lost to DeWitt 27-10


1 - 3

2 - 4


lost to Mason 42-35 


0 - 4

0 - 6


lost to St. Johns 55-19












Panther News and Notes:

Lansing, MI (9-10-2015): Brian Calloway has written a nice article on DeWitt. Please click here to enjoy.

Lansing, MI (9-04-2015: Brian Calloway has written a nice article on Will Nagle, the Panther QB. Please click here to enjoy.

Panther Profiles:

DeWitt, MI (9-13-2015): 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.

Please click here to


DeWitt, MI (8-9-2015): It is officially football season! Over 500 high schools across the State start their practice Monday. Tony Sigmon

DeWittFootball.org would like to take a moment before we get into our busy season and wish a former Panther well. Tony Sigmon, a 2002 graduate of DeWitt High School is in his third year as head coach at Whitehall. Last season, Tony was named honorable mention coach of the year in Division 3-4 as his team made the Division 4 playoffs and reached the Regional Finals. In 2013, Whitehall won but a single game.

Tony was the guts and glue of the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Tony was left guard on offense and middle linebacker on defense and the team's emotional leader. Tony's sophomore season the Panthers were 4-5. The next season their only regular season loss was to top ranked Chesaning the last game of the regular season and then beat Chesaning at Chesaning the first game of the playoffs. In 2001, Tony helped lead DeWitt to the State semi-finals, only to lose to Chesaning. He went on to play at Alma.

Please enjoy this article on Tony. The Panther community and DeWittFootball.org wish Tony and Whitehall well in the upcoming season.


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