Robert Jackson, West Gadsden's High School football coach says fall practice is just like Christmas. "You looking for something under the tree so right now we haven't opened our presents, but we're anticipating them."
The West Gadsden Panthers hope to present their fans a district championship in 2007. the team finished last year at 5-5 after falling to Port Saint Joe in the district championship game.Jackson says,"Last year wasn't bad for us but I thought we underachieved. We had a chance to win that district, but we were unable to hold on at the end, but this is a new year.' Junior quarterback Antonio Bostick adds, "I think this year we'll beat the district and get the number one seed in the playoffs in our class."
The panthers will look to experience to get them over the hump as they return 6 starters on offense including 3-year starter Bostick. The backfield returns fullback Chris William but he will be opening holes for a new halfback.
Jackson says, "Travis Henson will be in his first year starting but I think he'll do great. We're going to be pretty good on offense."
The defense will bring just as much experience as 6 starters also return. The line is in great shape with senior Jabari Davis and the 6-foot-4-inch 270-pound junior Gary Brown.
Jackson says "The panthers like to play Big Bend football...hard-nosed football. Run a little, throw a little and we'll hit you."
West Gadsden High has a new place to call home, and the Panthers hope with new digs comes a new winning tradition.