River Rouge Panthers 2017 Football Preview

City / County: River Rouge / Wayne
School Mascot Name: Panthers
2016 Record: 11-2
Conference/Division: Michigan Metro Athletic Conference
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 3-4
Record last 3 seasons: 33-6
Record last 5 seasons: 51-9
Record last 10 seasons: 69-38

Head Coach: Corey Parker
Head Coaching Experience: 8 years
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Eric Johnson Director of Football Operations
Eric Pettway Offensive Line - Assistant Head Coach
Dwayne Montaque Offensive Line Assistant
Curtis Kilpatrick Running Backs - Run Game Coordinator
Lance Collins Wide Receivers - Pass Game Coordinator
Russel Hughes Wide Receivers
Larry Johnson Quarterbacks - Offensive Coordinator
Lonnie Burkes Defensive Line
Chris Harris Outside Linebackers
Terrance Williams Cornerbacks
Reggie Pearson Special Teams Coordinator
James Artison Defensive Analyst
James Price Defensive Quality Control
Don Bilinski Video Director
Xavier Jones Video Coordinator
Nicole Pearson Team Medical Staff
James ""Doc"" Price Team Medical Staff
Mone'Asia Sanks Trainer
William Hightower Equipment Manager
Sharla Carter Equipment Manager
Damond Smith Team Manager
Demarko Mccrary Offensive Assistant - Returners
Percy Pierce Defensive Assistant - Middle School Head Coach
Reggie Pearson DB 2018, Baron Sholar LB 2018, Lee Payton TE 2018, Tyler Carter DL 2018
Returning Starters on Offense: 6
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Returning Key Players:
Avery Burch 2020 K, Dontrell Walker 2019 OL, Lee Payton 2018 TE, Alex Carter 2018 RB, Caleef Jenkins 2018 RB, Giavonni Turner 2018 WR, Sekou Doukoure 2018 WR, Dalen Parker 2018 WR, Reggie Pearson 2018 DB, Baron Sholar 2018 LB/DB, Eric Chenault 2018 LB, Tyler Carter 2018 DL, Javeon Coleman 2018 DL, DeAnte Rigsby 2018 CB, Ralph Gaston 2018 DB, Jimmie Scott 2018 DB, Branden Woods 2018 DB
Upcoming Players:
Emmanuel Ferguson QB 2019, Daraun Mckinney RB/WR 2019, Xavier Smith 2020 WR, Rmontaye Caldwell 2020 WR, Dakare Spicer 2019 OL, Deandre Bulley ATH 2020, Yusuf Abdul Aziz 2019 OLB, Zion Smith 2018 LB, Kelly Matthews 2019 CB, Jalen Henderson 2019 DL, Ruke Orhorhoro 2019 DL, Korey Dunson 2019 LB/DB, Terry Burse 2019 LB, Chris Harris 2018 OLB, Cortez Thornton 2019 RB, Demarco Collins 2019 SS/CB
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Continuity, Experience, and Speed
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Jairus Grissom, Stephen Mcgill, Darrell Latham, Justin Knott, Keyon Williams, Keron Williams, Brandon Taylor
2017 Season Outlook:
We are excited to approach another year, games will be won, championships will be earned, we must take victory from our opponents. We've got some tough non league opponents in East English Village, Cody and Indianapolis Warren Central.

We must compete every down, and play tough in league play as our Metro League opponents continue to improve. We will have the Panthers prepared when the first whistle blows.

It's always a Great day to be a Panther
Outlook on Conference/Division:
We expect hard fought games from all of our conference opponents in Ecorse, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, and University Prep, however we plan to lineup week to week, play our butts off and let the chips fall where they may. We are not concerned with anyone else but us, that's Rouge Football.

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