Coming off back-to-back 4-6 seasons, there's a lot of motivation at Putnam City North, and there's a lot of confidence, too, starting with the Panthers' quarterback.
John Robert Simon enters his second year as the team's starter behind center, and is feeling much more comfortable leading the offense.
An athletic left-hander, Simon provides dual-threat capabilities from the QB position, enabling the Panthers to run an option look out of the shotgun, along with straight handoffs and a spread passing attack.
“It's tough that first year for anybody to step into 6A football,” coach Bob Wilson said. “He was having a lot of things thrown at him last year, and we were trying to up-tempo the offense. Through the spring and summer, he got a lot more comfortable with where he's at. You can tell by the way he's throwing the football and how he carries himself on the field.”
Simon has some experienced receivers in Alex Clark and Robert Davis, with some other young and talented wideouts to boost the offense. At running back, Tae Moore, Nathaniel Ocran and Larry Butler each bring different skill sets to the position, giving the Panthers a good mix out of the backfield.