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Last Update: 8-14-2014 

DeWitt, MI (8-11-2014): For those who have visited the site in the past, welcome back, we should have some new features coming as the season unfolds. For those new to this site, welcome. Each week will preview the upcoming opponent and have information on the previous week's game in the "News and Notes" section.

Not very long ago we were playing football Thanksgiving weekend. From his first season at DeWitt in 1999, Coach Rob Zimmerman has always wanted to schedule the top teams. First it was Chesaning in '99 and Jim Szapan's team was fresh from the Class B championship and headed for their second consecutive state championship. The Indians showed Zimm and DeWitt what a championship program looked like by blowing out the Panthers 41-0 in the "Streaker Game". The next few years, the Panthers and Indians had some great games and one of the two were state finalists in the early 2000s. Zimm has scrimmaged East Grand Rapids for the Thursday scrimmage. Over the years he has brought in the Mt. Pleasant Oilers from the rugged Saginaw Valley League, fresh from an appearance in the 2011 D-3 finals for a home and home series. Detroit Country Day, Ogemaw Heights, area power St. Johns before they came into the league, Division Five powerhouse Portland, and west side power Fruitport. This will be Fruitport's last visit to DeWitt.

This year, traditional power Linden has been added to the schedule for week one. The Panthers and Eagles have played some outstanding games the last couple of years. Also added is Division Five UP power Kingsford for week two. The Varsity will play Friday night and  the Freshmen and JVs will be on Saturday. We will have travel information for Kingsford coming in the next few days.

 Please click here to check the Panther schedule for 2014.

Please excuse our mess while we revamp our web site a little bit. 

 

2013 CAAC Red Final Standings
  School

Conf.

Overall

Week One

DeWitt

5 - 0

13 - 1

at Linden

Ionia *

3 - 2

7 - 3

Charlotte

Haslett

4 - 1

6 - 4

Walled Lake Central

Fowlerville *

1 - 4

1 - 8

Dexter

Owosso

0 - 1

1 - 8

Corunna

St. Johns

2 - 3

5 - 4

East Lansing

Lansing Waverly** 2 - 4 3 - 6 Lansing Catholic
Mason** 4 - 2 7 - 3 Okemos

Panther Puzzle: Each week we will test your memory about DeWitt Football. We hope you enjoy the little brain teasers each week. They will be posted on Monday's. Here is an example to get you started.

The Panthers are coming off a run to the state finals last year carrying an undefeated season into the final game. 

The Puzzle: ? How many times have the Panthers suffered their first defeat of the season in the State Finals

Answer: Four. Last year's team finished 13-1 with the lone loss to Zeeland West. In 2004, The Panthers (13-1) lost to Muskegon Orchard View and their speedster fullback Clint Allen in the Silverdome, 31-14. In 2002 (13-1) the Panthers lost to East Grand Rapids with U-M bound super-back Kevin Grady. EGR was ranked in the top 10 in the NATION that year. In 1989, the Panthers (12-1) lost 28-27 when Mill "The Thrill" Coleman engineered an 80 yard last minute drive for Farmington Hills Harrison and legendary coach John Herrington.

Did you know? Each week, we will have a little bit of Panther history. It may be about the team we are playing or some other little bit of Panther trivia. For instance, since Zimmerman has been at DeWitt, the Panthers have made the playoffs 15 of his 16 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Note: Due to realignment, will not be in DeWitt's league this year. **New in league.

Panther News & Notes:

DeWitt, MI (08-14-2014): That pounding noise you heard today in the distance was not an earth quake or demolition going on. It was the first day of hitting for the over 600 football teams across the state. Today was the first day with pads.

DeWitt, MI (08-14-2014): On September 5, DeWitt will play at Division 5 power Kingsford. The Varsity will play Friday night and the Freshmen/JV will play their double header on Saturday. If you would like to stay at Kingsford/Iron Mountain, please click here for suggested places to stay. It is approximately an eight hour drive. Maps forthcoming.  

 

 

 

 

  Eight Conference Championships in a row!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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