Panthers poised for playoff push

Panthers poised for playoff push

It’s that time of the year again Playoffs. The Panthers are back in the playoffs with the football team taking a number five seed and the soccer team having a number 2 seed.

I will be taking the soccer team while Ben will be talking about the football team.

The Elder soccer team has come off a great season with an 11-1-4 record. Unlike the football team the soccer team has been playing in their postseason for a while now.

The soccer team has just played their third game taking home their district champions trophy. They will be playing in the regional semi against Mason on November 4th.

We talked to senior midfield Adam Deuber on his thoughts of the playoffs he talked about how anybody can beat anybody it’s who comes out and plays that day that will win.

We talked about his biggest challenged he has to face he said “it’s going to be facing Mason and keeping my team on the game plan.” He talked about the biggest reason they were able to make this run was the defense and Jake Helpinstine really stepped it up starting the playoff with his third shutout against Centerville on October 31st.

“The playoffs are a time of the year the leaders on the team come out in the team,” said Tony Gray coach of the Panthers.

The Panthers believe that they have a good chance to make a run to state if they play the game that they have been playing.

Elder Football secured the five seed in the state tournament with the road win against the Lancers Friday. Senior quarterback Peyton Ramsey talked about the home field advantage that the Panthers have in the first round after the win at LaSalle. “It was huge. I know the cheering section and fans will be in rare form.”

With that they got a home game against the GMC’s own Fairfield Indians. The Indians were 8-2 in the regular season with their only two losses coming at the hands of Colerain and Mason. The Indians run the spread offense around a solid quarterback that is coming off an injury. Their defense is giving up 18.8 PPG and considers the secondary the backbone of the defense.

We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but looking at the bracket as a whole the second round game could consist of the 4th seed in the region, Lancaster. The Golden Eagles are also 8-2 and have a first round matchup with Hilliard Darby.

The third round would most likely be against the Colerain Cardinals and St. X Bombers but we’ll cross that path when we get there.

“Fairfield this week, that’s all we’re worried about bro,” said Ramsey when asked about the potential games the Panthers might have. He also guaranteed that the team was going to play their hardest and “play Elder football.”