Our DQ Grill and Chill Pigskin Previews roll on with Pikeville. The Panthers have experience on their side and look to ride it all the way through the playoffs.
Expectations are at an all-time high at Pikeville after this team reached the Region Final in 2010. The Panthers have several skill positions returning this year, notably quarterback Randy Maynard. The senior says he must be smart with the football to have a chance to score.
“It all starts with my decision making I guess,” Maynard says. “And getting my reads right and even running the ball. Just making sure I don’t make any stupid decisions, no interceptions, no fumbles, just all the smart decisions really.”
Coach Chris McNamee has been impressed with Maynard and his team in the preseason especially with the way the upperclassmen are leading this team.
“Not only does he do a good job at running our offense, he’s also a leader on defense,” McNamee says. “And (he’s) just a leader overall. And same thing with Chase Hall and Tolliver Hefner stepped up and Gage Morrison, those guys are really working hard to provide a lot of leadership with those younger guys.”
Special teams will be a big emphasis for Pikeville this year and with all state Kicker, Zach Burgy Vanhoose back for his final year, he says the Panthers could kick their way to a state title.
“It can either lose you a game or win you a game,” One point, three points, kickoff returns if it’s not a touchback, Just things like that. I think it helps severely.”
With the loss of nine seniors, Pikeville will rely on some young talent to make plays this year. McNamee is encouraging them to just play hard.
“We just want those guys to get better each week,” McNamee says. “Continue you to work and continue to get themselves better and use these first six games of the season to get our tea ready for district play.”
Pikeville has not won a state title in 22 years... They believe it is their time and say they will put in the effort to end that streak.