Lecanto Panthers’ football preview

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2013 record: 2-8

Head coach: Greg Harper (1st year)

Key Players: Ardante “DeDe” Anderson (RB/DL, Sr.), Travis McGee (QB, Jr.), TeAndre Hopkins (WR/DB, Sr.), Peter Forges (RB/LB, Sr.), Antonio Crumbley (RB/DB, Jr.), Jordan Lee (OL/DL, Sr.)

Outlook: Harper takes over for McKinley Rolle, who won five games in 2012, the most wins for the program since 2001. Harper is looking to turn around the program, which opened the 2013 season with a 2-0 start, but the Panthers dropped their final eight games of the season. However, of those eight losses, four were by seven points or less.

A total of six starters will return on offense for the Panthers, including McGee, who threw for 1,209 yards and eight TDs as a sophomore. The return of Anderson will give the backfield some much needed experience. The rising senior averaged 5.1 yards per carry and he led the team with six rushing scores. He will also be one of the leaders on a defense that returns six starters. Anderson led team with tackles (65) and tackles for a loss (13).

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – at Weeki Wachee, 7 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – vs. Umatilla, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – at Crystal River, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – vs. Fivay (Hudson), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 26 – at Belleview, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 10 – vs. Mitchell (New Port Richey), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 17 – vs. Citrus (Inverness), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 24 – vs. Williston, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 31 – at Dunnellon, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 7 – at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30 p.m.

“The Prep Zone” will count down to kick-off with a daily preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area. Here are the future release dates:

INDEPENDENTS
June 18 – Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto)
June 19 – Ocala Christian Academy
June 20 – St. Francis Catholic (Gainesville)
June 21 – Oak Hall (Gainesville)

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 5
June 22 – Branford
June 23 – Hamilton County (Jasper)
June 24 – Lafayette (Mayo)

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 6
June 25 – Bell
June 26 – Bronson
June 27 – Hawthorne
June 28 – Trenton

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 7
June 29 – Chiefland
June 30 – Dixie County (Cross City)
July 1 – Newberry
July 2 – Union County (Lake Butler)
July 3 – Williston

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 8
July 4 – Wildwood

CLASS 3A-DISTRICT 2
July 5 – Trinity Catholic (Ocala)
July 6 – PK Yonge (Gainesville)

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 2
July 7 – Fort White

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 4
July 8 – The Villages
July 9 – Bradford (Starke)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 5
July 10 – Belleview
July 11 – Crystal River
July 12 – Dunnellon
July 13 – Eastside (Gainesville)
July 14 – North Marion (Citra)
July 15 – Santa Fe (Alachua)
July 16 – Suwannee (Live Oak)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 6
July 17 – Central (Brooksville)
July 18 – Weeki Wachee
July 19 – Hernando (Brooksville)
July 20 – Nature Coast (Brooksville)
July 21 – South Sumter (Bushnell)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 3
July 22 – Columbia (Lake City)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 5
July 23 – Citrus (Inverness)
July 24 – Gainesville
July 25 – Lake Weir (Ocala)
July 26 – Vanguard (Ocala)
July 27 – Forest (Ocala)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 6
July 28 – Springstead (Spring Hill)

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 3
July 29 – Buchholz (Gainesville)

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 1
July 30 – West Port (Ocala)