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PAULS VALLEY PANTHERS

Coach: DUSTY RAPER

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OFFENSE

Graduation took a lot of senior talent away, so finding the right skill players will be the job facing second-year coach Dusty Raper and his Pauls Valley staff this offseason. The Panthers will have to come up with a new quarterback and it figures to be a battle between Derrick White (5-5, 140, Sr.) and Chasen Jolley (5-10, 150, Jr.) who can also play wide receiver. Zane Weilenman (5-11, 180, Sr.) will return at the halfback spot, where he ran for nearly 800 yards in just eight games last season and a lot of what happens on offense for the Panthers will revolve around him and his senior leadership. He is one of three running backs returning who saw at least some varsity time last season. Pauls Valley will also have some experience returning in the line with four players who had a crack at varsity ball last year, including Kaiden Compton (6-2, 300, Sr.), Gabe Gonzalez (6-0, 220, Sr.), and center Blake Robbins (6-0, 240, Jr.).

DEFENSE

The “help wanted” sign is out on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers as well with just three returning starters. The second level of Raper’s 4-4 defense is probably the most solid with Angel Gonzalez (6-1, 200, Sr.), who had 55 tackles last season, and Landin Weilenman (6-0, 185, So.), who rang up 42 tackles in just five games at linebacker as a freshman. They’ll be joined at the outside ‘backer spots by Eli Teel (5-9, 160, Sr.) and Luis Mendez (5-9,175, Jr.). Jolley and Ben Dobbins (5-7, 150, Sr.) provide some experience in the secondary where Dobbins registered 52 tackles in 2018. The real problem area will be the defensive front, where Raper returns no experienced three-point stance guys. Despite what appears to be a learn-on-the-fly outlook for a lot of his players, Raper feels they’ll come around by November. “We should be more athletic this year and if we can stay healthy and not turn the ball over, we will have a chance to be in the mix come playoff time.”

8-30 – at Lindsay

9-6 – at Oklahoma Christian

9-13 – vs. Jones

9-20 – OPEN

9-27 – at Lone Grove

10-4 – vs. Marlow

10-11 – vs. Bethel

10-17 – at Douglas

10-25 – vs. Purcell

11-1 – vs. Plainview

11-8 – at Sulphur