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Last Update: 10-19-2014 

2014 CAAC Red Standings (* Clinched Playoff Spot)

  School

Conf.

Overall

Week Eight

Week Nine
*DeWitt

5 - 0

8 - 0

Beat Portland 30-14

Fruitport
*St. Johns

4 - 1

7 - 1

Beat Fruitport 31-3

Goodrich
Mason

3 - 2

5 - 3

Beat Beat Det. Consortium 35-0 Det. Community
Haslett

2 - 3

4 - 4

Beat Williamston 43-23

at Chelsea
Waverly 1 - 4 2 - 6 Lost to Ionia 39-26 at Fowlerville
Owosso

0 - 5

1 - 7

Lost to Belleville 23-9

Parma Western

 

Panther Puzzle: Last Friday in the first quarter, JD Ross took a kickoff from Portland's Jacob Cairl, found a crease in the wall and turned on the jets for an 81 yard kickoff return.

The Puzzle: Who was the last Panther to return a kickoff for a touchdown?  

Answer: Thursday.

Did you know? Ten short years ago, DeWitt Freshman coach Dr. Wayne Shooks prepared for his final game as a football coach. Coach Shooks had an incredible won/loss record running the wishbone offense. His record over the 16 years was 135-2-1. Coach Shooks also was a long time track coach with Tom Zielaskowski. Please click here to read Geoff Kimmerly's article on Coach Shooks and click here to see the local tributes on Channel 6 and 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Fruitport Trojans (4-4) VS DeWitt Panthers (8-0)

 DeWitt, MI (10-20-2014): Can you believe it is already week nine of the 2014 football season?  Friday night, DeWitt will host Fruitport on senior night, 2014. Eighteen seniors will be recognized in a ceremony before the game and will play their last regular season game at Memorial Stadium. This senior class is one of the most successful on the field with a 13-1 record last season and 8-0 so far this season.

 This week, the Fruitport Trojans of the Lakes 8 Conference will be the Panther's opponent. The Trojans are 4-4 on the season after a 31-3 loss to St. Johns. They have a number of weapons on the offense including quarterback Jarod Wierengo, running backs Nathan Kriger, Bryce Wahr, Nick Kramer and sophomore Levi Six. When Wierengo passess, his favorite target is Andrew Slocum. The Trojans will be looking for that fifth win of the year to possibly get into the playoffs. The two teams have played some tough and close games in the past few seasons.

Fruitport and DeWitt have a connection. Panther defensive coach Phil Wilson was a star player at Fruitport and played for his father Steve Wilson. The senior Wilson now splits his fall between DeWitt games and Fruitport games. Steve retired three years ago and Phil was able to coach against his dad before he retired.

Game time is Friday night at 7:00pm

Portland, MI (10-17-2014): The Portland Raiders hosted the DeWitt Panthers on senior night at Portland and also the event was a "Communities for a Cause" fund raiser for the fight against cancer. Cancer survivors from both communities walked a lap together at half time and there were plenty of items for sale to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Seniors from Portland band, cheer squad and football programs were recognized before the game.

On the field, Rob Zimmerman's Panthers and John Novaro's Raiders played another slobberknocker of a game with tough nosed defenses and grind-it-out running games. On a cool breezy night, the two teams seemed to be in each others huddle's, with defenses dominating the first half.

The Panthers scored first midway through the first quarter on a five play, 36 yard drive capped off by a 3 yard Ben Heinritz slam up the middle. The touchdown was set up by a 23 yard pass from quarterback Chase McPhee to Michael Roberson down to the three yard line. After trading punts, the Raiders got on the board on a one yard sneak by quarterback Clay Morris. That drive was a three play 83 yard drive which the bulk of the yardage was gained on Alec Betts 69 yard run who was run down at the one by JD Ross. The momentum seemed to be firmly on the Raider sideline. On the following kickoff, JD Ross took the kickoff at the 19 yard line, burst through a seam in the wall and sprinted to the endzone for an 81 yard touchdown to neutralize the momentum gained by the Raiders. The Panthers lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Portland put together a drive of 45 yards on eight plays and scored on a 16 yard pass from Morris to Sam Goodman and it was 14-14 at the half. At halftime, Portland had 145 yards of offense and the Panthers only 74.

The second half would be won by which team made the best adjustments at halftime. The Panthers abandoned the spread running game and went to the double tight end wishbone grind it out offense. Defensively, the Panthers made some adjustments upfront and started to wear down the Raider from seven. In the second half, the Panther defense limited the Raiders to 14 net yards of offense and two first downs. Offensively a 46 yard 13 play drive capped by a Heinritz one yard blast up the middle gave the Panthers a lead they would never lose. Matthew Meagher kicked a 25 yard field goal in the third quarter and the Panthers led 23-14 after three quarters. The Panthers continued to grind it out on the ground in the face of Portland blitzing linebackers play after play and scored once more on a ShonQuise Trainor 25 yard burst off the left side with eight minutes to play and left the clean up work for the Panther defense. A cold rain started right after than touchdown and was a little colder and little wetter on the Raider sideline.

Trainor led the Panthers with 121 yards rushing on 15 carries and one touchdown. Heinritz had 80 hard yards on 23 carries and two scores. Ross had the awesome kick off return of 81 yards. Meagher had one extra point blocked but made good on three of four extra points and the field goal. Defensively, the Panther front five clamped down on the Raiders in the second half and allowed only six completions on 21 attempts for 37 yards and three sacks. Wes England had a wonderful night with nine tackles and a sack. Joshua Hanna had seven tackles and two sacks Brad Grost had four tackles a batted pass and a blocked punt to set up Meagher's field goal. Jacob Wozniewski, who announced his intention to play for Brown University next fall, had six tackles and a batted pass , Ben Zamaira had five tackles and a batted pass and Matt Hummell had four tackles.

Up next for the Panthers, they will host Fruitport and senior night next Friday evening.

 

 

 Panther News & Notes:

DeWitt, MI (10-06-2014): Please click here to enjoy the article on Cameron Fegeur written by Seth Newman of MLive.

Detroit, MI (09-19-2014): Must read, must share article by one of the finest high school writers in the State, Mick McCabe. Congratulations Ben Zamaira.

What a very special moment. with just over a minute to play in the DeWitt and Mason game, Brad Wilton took the snap from under center. The southpaw quickly turned to his left and threw a ball toward wide out Jay Granger. Granger made a great catch, put a move on DeWitt safety Ben Zamaira and rambled 65 yards toward the end zone,  where the band was sitting and cheering the play for Mason's only touchdown of the game. Granger, a special needs student at Mason HIgh School was able to enjoy the moment with his team mates as the Mason band played the fight song while players hoisted Granger to their shoulders to celebrate the touchdown.

 

Detroit, MI (08-25-2014): Please click here and enjoy the article Mick McCabe wrote on DeWitt being one of his top teams in the state. Jacob Johnson is also ranked in the top 25 players in the state by McCabe, please click here to view that article.

Tom Markowski of the Detroit News has the Panthers ranked in the top 10 as well. Please click here to view his article.

Jeff Dullack has written a nice article on Jacob Johnson, please click here and enjoy the article.

 

 

  Nine Conference Championships in a row!

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