High School Football Tour: West Lowndes

West Lowndes High School Panthers

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — Good things are brewing at West Lowndes going into 2014.

The Panthers missed out on the playoffs last season but have aspirations of making it back this time around. If they do return to the postseason, they can look back on their experiences of playing with youth last season.

CLASS 1A | REGION 3
HEAD COACH: ANTHONY KING
Aug 22 Montgomery Co home
Aug 29 Heritage Ac away
Sept 5
Sept 12 Pelahatchie* away
Sept 19 French Camp* home
Sept 26 Ethel* away
Oct 3 W Oktibbeha* home
Oct 10 Nanih Waiya* away
Oct 17 E Oktibbeha* home
Oct 24 Sebastopol* away
Oct 31
Nov 7 Noxapater* away
*District games

“Talent wise we have a young team but we played a lot of those young guys last year,” head coach Anthony King said. “Those freshmen grew up from last year and they have a lot of experience.”

West Lowndes continues to build the program with three out of the last four years being 3-win division seasons. That includes making the playoffs in two of the last four years as well.

This year’s team is poised to add to that streak thanks to a 2-quarterback look on offense.

“Both Octavia Clark and Daniel Davis are athletic,” coach King said. “Clark can run a little better but Daniel is the better passer. We’re going to try and do more hurry up and take advantage of our skill set.

“We have a lot of small guys so we have to use that athleticism to our advantage.”

A new addition to the fold for coach King is former Oak Hill Academy head coach Daniel Merchant, who joins the staff as defensive coordinator for the new season.

“Coach Merchant brings a lot of experience and he knows what coaching is all about,” King said. “He’s young and energetic and the guys seem to be excited about him as he’s excited about them.”

The offensive and defensive lines will be strong points for a team that returns most of their big uglies in the trenches.

Coach King hopes that the strength on the line will help the Panthers return to the playoffs.

“The expectation this year is we want to make it to the playoffs,” King said. “The last three years a team from our district has won the state championship. If we can be one of the top teams, we’ll be prepared for the teams in Class 1A.”

The Panthers will start at home versus Montgomery County before visiting Heritage Academy the following week.

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