Football Playoffs: The Season Continues For The Panthers: Tigers Will Face Oakridge
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Hesperia might have missed out on their regular season finale but they will be continuing their season in the playoffs.
The 5-4 Panthers found out Sunday that they will be making that coveted trip to the postseason for the second year in a row when they travel to Pewamo Westphalia to take on the Pirates (9-0).
Under the tutelage of Head Coach Doug Bolles...
...the Panthers put together a strong resume despite dropping a couple of heartbreakers. They lost on the road by 2 points to Godwin Heights and fell by a single point to Kent City, a loss that denied them a share of the Silver title, but they collected enough points to extend their season.
Hesperia will be going up against an undefeated P-W team that has missed the playoffs just once since 1997 and made it to the finals last season but the Panthers won’t be looking at team records when they take the field. Having watched Coach Bolles’ team perform this season they will come ready to knock helmets with any opponent they face.
“I’m really excited for the kids,” said Coach Bolles. “It was a rough week last week not getting to play a week 9 game and being unsure if we had enough points to qualify, but we played a tough schedule this season.
“All four of our losses were to teams that made the playoffs (Wyoming Godwin Heights, Morley Stanwood, Kent City and MCC) and also Lakeview who we beat soundly.”
“We are excited about the opportunity and we realize it's a stiff challenge, but we have yet to play our best game. If we put it all together, we will present some challenges for PW.We must play mistake free football and be on a mission”
“It all starts in practice tomorrow, that's where we get prepared, with a great week of practice.”
Grant knew after their win over Newaygo that their playoff fate was sealed but found out Sunday where and who they would be playing.
The Tigers will also be facing a perennial playoff team when they face Muskegon Oakridge who has only missed the postseason once since 1994. The two teams have never faced each other on the football field and the game will be played on the home turf of the Eagles but Darren Geraghty, also in his first year guiding the Tigers has built a strong program and has talent at many key positions so look for them to be ready to play and to also bring a strong contingency of fans with them.