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Last Update: 08-30-2015

 

DeWitt, MI (8-30-2015): The DeWitt Panthers will host the Kingsford Flivvers in a Thursday afternoon game. Both teams are 1-0 on the year, with Kingsford defeating Green Bay area power West De Pere Phantoms 30-14 and the Panthers defeating Linden 38-14. The Freshman game will be Friday morning at 10a followed by the Junior Varsity game. It is scheduled to be a warm one, so make sure to grab a cold drink from the concession stand and maybe come a little early to enjoy lunch.

Last year, DeWitt made the 645 mile, seven hour trip to Kingsford. Those that made the Panthers Take the Flivver Field in 2014trip on Friday hit a bad storm in northern Michigan that made its way to mid-Michigan by the evening and cancelled many games in the Lansing-Grand Rapids area. The Panther faithful who made the trip were treated to a special sight, hundreds and hundreds of farm tractors crossing the Mackinaw Bridge in an annual antique tractor crossing. Another treat was the concession stand, many have said the best they have been to.

Last year's Varsity game on Friday night was played in ideal weather, light breeze and in the 60s. The Panthers came away with a 41-21 victory. The Panthers scored the first three times they had the ball before Kingsford began to get their offense on track mid-way through the second quarter behind quarterback Joe Hofer.

Kingsford is coached by Chris Hofer. Hofer has quite a wide variety of offensive sets he uses, from spread receivers to the single wing formation used for many years by Fritz Chrysler at Michigan. Chris's father is Ken Hofer, who coached for 41 years at Menominee and ran the single wing. Ken is an assistant now of Chris. Last week in the Flivver victory over West De Pere, the offense racked up nearly 500 yards and were able to shut down the Phantom offense. They will try to control the game by keeping the ball from the Panthers with long drives.

Kingsford is in the Great Northern UP Conference, which includes Escanaba, Gladstone, Menominee and Marquette and will also play several teams from Wisconsin. Last year was an uncharacteristic season for the Flivvers with a 4-5 record. Their fans were every excited to see the Panthers fresh from their Ford Field appearance in 2013. Flivver fans are very knowledgeable and passionate about their program.  

Last year, the Freshmen and Junior Varsity games were quite the games. The Freshmen teams tied at  26 (no overtime for Freshmen games) and the Kingsford/DeWitt JV teams put on quite an offensive show and tied at 38. Yep, both games were ties.

 

Did you know?

Getting off to a good start is important, especially with the magic number of six wins needed to get into the playoffs. The Panthers were able to get that first win in game number one for the 2015 season with the win over Linden last Thursday night. Since 1980, DeWitt has lost the opening game of the season only six times; Twice to Haslett ('81 & '86), three times to St. Johns ('90, '95 and '97) and Flushing ('08).

Panther Puzzle

Yes, on occasion we do recycle the Panther Puzzle, so we are again this year... this one is a good one.

The Puzzle:  The Panthers play the Kingsford Flivvers. What is a Flivver? 

Answer: Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       2015 Capital Area Activities Conference Red Standings

  School

Conf.

Overall

Week Two

Week One

DeWitt

0 - 0

1 - 0

Kingsford

Beat Linden 38-14

Haslett

0 - 0

1 - 0

Flushing

Beat Chippewa Hills 17-0

Mason

0 - 0

1 - 0

at Eaton Rapids

Beat Okemos 56-30

St. Johns

0 - 0

1 - 0

at GR Cathollic Central

Beat East Lansing 19-6

Owosso

0 - 0

0 - 1

at Ionia

Lost to Corunna 40-3

Waverly

0 - 0

0 - 1

at Lansing Eastern

Lost to Lansing Catholic 28-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 glueof 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.

DeWitt, MI (7-19-2015): The DeWitt Panther 2015 schedule has been finalized and released.  Please click here to view the schedule.

 

 

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