The Panthers have some holes to fill and head coach Lewis Simms has his troops back out on the practice field looking for some young men to step up.
A senior, Andrew Dunn and junior Jaylen Glaude are vying for the top job at quarterback.
Simms said,"Andrew is a fine player. He's progressed during the off-season. At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds he's got a good frame on him, a good arm.
Then you have Jaylen Glaude a junior, a left-handed guy who's athletic. He throws the ball well. He listens."
Simms and his Panthers have heavy hearts every time they stop out onto the practice fields. In May two young men, Caleb Sweet and Brandon Rich lost their lives in a skiing accident.
6-2, 220 pound senior defensive end Caleb Caston says the season has been dedicated in their memory.
Caston said,"First thing Caleb Sweeten and Brandon Rich. we've got to remember them. We have not won a state championship since 1987 and we're going to be the class to do it."
6-foot, 315 pound tackle Keith Crawford will be counted on to play on both sides of the football. He says he dedicated and ready.
"I always give it a hundred-percent," stated Crawford. He added,"I work hard in the weight room, in the classroom and on the field."
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6-foot-4, 195 pound wide receiver Matthew Eaton says he may not have blazing speed, but he'll get the job done.
Eaton said,"I'm not a fast guy, a 4.4, 4.5 guy but I like working my foot work and quickness and try to work on my route running and my hands."
Defensive back Travarious Williams brings experience to the Pascagoula secondary. He attributes the Panthers success to head coach Lewis Simms.
"He makes work hard and run hard than previous coaches and we're in better shape."
Despite losing key personnel from last season's 5A South State Championship team, you can never count out a Lewis Simms coached football team
Pascagoula kicks off the 2013 season on the road at Moss Point August 16th.
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