Senior Ty’drekeaus Carpenter is returning to Panther Field as a starting running back. In 2017 he carried the ball 84 times for 504 yards with 5 touchdowns, as well as five interceptions for 75 yards. He’s earned his team’s trust, and this year provides extra incentive for the talented young man to show us why. He explains,
“This is the last time I will play with this team on this field. I know I’m going to college, and I gotta give my best here so I will be ready for the college level. I gotta show up for the coaches and the fans.”
This is Jacob Irby’s last year as well. In 2017, the middle linebacker had 47 solo tackles with 22 assists. He has proven his position as a leader in Panther defense, but that’s not all he is out to prove this year. He says,
“I feel like we’ve got a good chance this year. We’ve been working hard in the offseason, and it’s bittersweet. I’m sad it’s my last year, but I’m proud of how hard I’ve worked to get here.”
QHS junior Brandon Hicks is no stranger to the hard work of which Irby speaks. He rushed for 770 yards on 88 carries last year. No stranger to carrying the ball for a touchdown, Hicks is hoping for more than ten this year.
“Last year was my first year in a varsity setting. I think I did okay, but I want to be better. I want to improve and help my team out more. I know that I can. Last year I got hurt at the end of the season. I just want to improve and help improve my team as a whole. I hope we can go to the championship this year.”
Keshawn Johnson agrees with Hicks. The highly versatile junior started on the varsity team as a freshman, and his experience is sure to help the team. Johnson is willing to go where he is needed from H-back to slot receiver who is also effective in the backfield. When QB Jed Lewis needs some help, Johnson will be there as his backup. Last year he rushed for 83 carries resulting in 364 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had 16 reception for 211 yards with two2 touchdowns and threw 20 passes with 10 completed for 121 yards and 1 touchdown. This year he’s doing it all with one mission in mind.
“We are going to prove to people that Quitman still has it. We still got it. The people who doubt us are going to be proved wrong.”
All of the 2018 Panther Football players want to invite fans and doubters alike to their half game scrimmage against the Enterprise Bulldogs on Friday, August 10th. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. on Panther Field.
These young men are definitely ready.