Ethan Gardner and David Stevens, Staff Writers – The Lecanto High School varsity football team set a positive trend to the beginning of their regular season with a 20-0 victory against Umatilla High School (UHS), Friday, August 26. The Panthers’ varsity football team beat the UHS Bulldogs at their home field.
LHS head coach Greg Harper was looking forward to this game with anticipation.
“I’m excited about it and to see [the football teams] improvements from last week and come out with a victory,” Harper said.
Students at LHS are feeling good about the rest of the season based off the outcome of the first game.
Junior Hannah Roddenberry, a varsity cheerleader, said, “I think we are going to do good this season. We’re going to have some challenges like Citrus High School.”
“We have an upward trend going; we are headed somewhere,” commented senior Tyler Gualette.
“They’re going to kick butt,” said sophomore Joey Caggiano.
After a 65-0 loss against Belleview High School in the pre-season classic, the Panthers made a definite improvement during their first game of the 2016-17 season.
“Our defense did great, but the team did good overall,” said Roddenberry.
“They played great. We have a solid defense,” said Caggiano.
Since the game against Dunnellon High School Sept. 2 was cancelled due to hurricane Hermine, the next Lecanto varsity football game will be played at home against the Williston High School Red Devils Friday, September 9.
The team is eager to improve for their next game at their home field.
“It feels like a good start on the right foot,” said senior varsity cornerback Peyton Viau. “[We’ve] just got to keep improving and get better.”