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Last Update: 1-14-2019 

Thanks for visiting our site. Records through the 2018 season have been updated.  

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2018 Capital Area Activities Conference Blue Division Champs

2018 MHSAA Playoffs

2018 MHSAA Division 3 District Champs

2018 MHSAA Division 3 Regional Champs

2018 MHSAA Division 3 Semi-Finalist

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DeWitt, MI (1-9-2019)  The DeWitt Panther Varsity Football banquet was held Monday evening. Twenty five seniors, twenty four juniors and a sophomore were recognized for their oustanding season and contribution. Of the twenty five seniors, a class high of six three year Varsity players were on the squad. those six had an overall record of 32-5.

Special thanks were given to the Parents of the team for their dedication and support of their young men and especially to the Senior Parents for carrying on the very proud tradition of outstanding Parental support of DeWitt Football.

The 2018 Seniors after the Regional Crown.

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Another fantastic meal by the Knights of Columbus at St. Jude.   Coach Zimmerman with two of his top assistants.

DeWitt, MI (01-09-2019): The sense of Community Pride runs deep in DeWitt, Panther Pride. So many had a hand in the 2018 season contributing in some way. Picture if you will, the entire community sitting in Memorial Stadium, filled top to bottom and from goal line to goal line with the team and coaches standing on the sideline in front. Please stand and be recognized as the Voice of Panther Football, John Stone recognizes you. No names, however. Hold your applause until everyone is recognized.

Thanks to:   

  • The DeWitt Public Schools Administration and Board of Education for running of our school system in these very tough times. Imagine how wonderful life would be if  Auto-Owners were in our neighborhood.
  • The new Athletic Director and Athletic Secretary for your long hours to make sure everything runs smoothly. A tireless and thankless job. It was perfect.
  • The Administration, Educators and staff of DeWitt High School.
  • The Administration, Educators and staff of all of DeWitt Public Schools.
  • The DeWitt Touchdown Club and contributors to the DeWitt Touchdown Club.
  • The maintenance and grounds staff for demonstrating their Panther Pride in making our field one of the most beautiful in the area.
  •  Ray Unger for creating “that damned thing on top of the scoreboard” (as describe by a rival fan). And the maintenance guys that kept “that damned thing’s” fuel tank filled and kept it in perfect working order.
  • The bus drivers who took our teams to away destinations and returned them safely home; transportation staff for juggling and balancing bus schedules; the mechanics for keeping our buses in safe working order that transport our kids.
  • The “Spirit of DeWitt”, whom we simply call the cheerleaders, for your Panther enthusiasm at the games. And, to those that donated the mini-footballs the cheerleaders whipped into the stands after all those touchdowns. 
  • The ZimmZone.
  • The DeWitt Marching Band for the great entertainment before the games and at half time.
  • The DeWitt Schools Booster Club for staffing and running the concession stand.
  • Volunteers who worked the concession stand, cooked hot dogs, sold beverages and delivered pizza.
  • Those who sold 50/50 tickets; Those who bought 50/50 tickets or concessions that helped the Boosters financially
  • Volunteers who sold tickets or worked the pass gate and warmly welcomed everyone to our Stadium.
  • Those businesses who are Sign Sponsors to the DeWitt Touchdown Club.
  • The businesses who made donations to the fall sports program.
  • Anyone who bought Gold Cards, organized the Gold Card program or donated products or services to the Gold Card Program.
  • Anyone who bought DeWitt Football Gear and wore it with Pride throughout the season; Those that sold DeWitt Football Gear during the season.
  • Mercy Ambulance and DeWitt City Fire and Rescue for being there so we never have to use them.
  • DeWitt City and Township police whose presence made us feel safe and for directing us home out of the parking lots safely.
  • The doctors and trainers on the sideline with the hope they are never needed.
  • The press box volunteers who ran the clock, scoreboard, spotted and announced the games keeping everyone well informed. We have the best “Typical Mom and Pop Organization” around.
  • The chain gang, who looked into the sun from the opposite sideline, sweated on the hot nights, froze on the cold nights and got soaked on the rainy nights and loved every minute of it.
  • The area businesses that donated food and beverage for the press box and workers during games.
  • Anyone who attended a game and cheered with Pride.
  • Those that took pictures that helped capture the moments so we could go back and relive them time and time again.
  • The TV and newspaper reporters who gave us great coverage during the year.
  • Nic and Doc for broadcasting our great ride through the playoffs
  • Those who held the Banner, Banner Dads, Moms-Grandmas-Aunts Tunnel. Isn't that banner the best?
  • Those who sponsored the Thursday meals.
  •  Those moms that kept us up to date with timely and informative emails.
  • The scouts and those that filmed games so our coaches could develop their game plans.
  • Parents. For your love, support and inspiration to your young men. And for sharing them with all of us each Friday night. You are the ultimate cheerleaders.
  • Coaches. For your dedication and passion to the sport and sharing it with our young men.
  • Coaches. For being not only coaching football but also being role models and educators beyond the classroom.
  • Coaches. For challenging our young men to dream, dedicate, prepare and motivate as individuals and as a team.
  • The Coaches Wives. For your patience and understanding while your husbands pursue their passion; holding up suppers, rearranging schedules for them to attend meetings and listening. You should at least get coaches wives shirts.
  • The Seniors. For demonstrating to the Juniors, JVs and Freshmen and Junior Panthers what team work and dedication is all about. Tradition. 
  • The Seniors, For your special bond to each other; something you will always have inside of you. That special bond is Panther Pride.
  •  The 2018 Team. For your dedication off the field, for your dedication on the field, for your dedication to each other. You told us "We're Ready!" And you were.
  • The 2018 Team. For hoisting this community onto your broad shoulders and carrying us with you during the fall of 2018. WOW, what a ride !

Everyone should be standing by now. So, let us take the opportunity to give this team, these young men, one last standing ovation and to say “Thank You”. Mr. Stone, if you would, hit that little red button and “Light The Fire” on the scoreboard for these guys one more time.

Guys, raise your helmets with Pride and sing for us one last rousing chorus of “DeWitt Forever” as the 2018 team. Remember to always “Keep The Fire Lit!

And one more special thank you. Thank you to our football announcer John Stone for his 27 years as the Voice of  Panther Football and his beautiful bride Jeannie at his side for most of those games. Our sons always said they knew it was fall when they heard John say "Touchdown Panthers" over the PA system and would give them goose bumps. Your professionalism with informing the crowd during the game was perfect. Thanks, Pop. John has announced his retirement as the Voice of DeWitt Football.

 

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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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