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Last Update: 06-17-2018 

The Panther football records have been updated through the 2017 season.

DeWitt, MI (1-14-2018):  K-13 To play in Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game.... DeWitt's Noah Koenigsknecht has been selected to play in the 2018 Michigan High School Coaches Associateion All-Star game for the West squad slated for June 23 at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw at 1:00pm.  Koenigsknecht, the 6'2" wide receiver caught 48 passes for the Panthers in the 2017 season for 1,098 yards and 15 touchdowns for DeWitt. For his career, the speedster caught 59 passes for nearly 1,500 yards and a whopping 24.9 yards per catch average. A speedster? Yep, not too many other high school baseball teams have a 6'2" leadoff hitter. Noah's play helped the Panthers to the 2018 Division 2 state baseball semi-finals. A three sport star, he also played basketball for the Panthers.

Noah was named first team receiver for the 2017 season by the Associated Press, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, Lansing State Journal Dream Team and CAAC Red Conference.

Noah is the 12th player in Panther History to be selected for this event as well as Rob Zimmerman as coach in 2009. He will be catching passes from Ithaca's Joey Bentley and Glen Lake's Cade Peterson.

If you are interested in seeing Noah play Saturday, the game is at 1:00 at SVSU and tickets are $10 at the gate.

After the game, Noah will be headed to Northwood University in Midland. Good luck, Noah. Can't make it to the game, enjoy some Noah highlights from last season.

DeWitt, MI (1-14-2018): Ok. So. The DeWitt Panthers have won twelve consecutive conference championships. The Panthers started in the CAAC III in 2003 when the Ingham County League was disbanded. In 2007, they went to the CAAC Gold and CAAC Red in 2011. Due to Capital Area Activities Conference realignment, the Panthers will be moved to the large school Blue Division for the 2018 season.

What happens next year? Who will the Panthers play?

Well, it is who DeWitt does not play that may be the current buzz. Long time rivals Haslett and St. Johns are not longer on the schedule, not even the non-conference schedule. The Vikings are the team DeWitt has played the most over the years at 47 times. Local US-127 bragging rights with St. Johns, 26 times, is done for a bit anyway. Charlotte and Mason will no longer be on the Panther schedule for the upcoming season. Mason and DeWitt played 25 times over the years, some in the CAAC Red the past few years, some non-conference in the 90s and other games in the old Capital Circuit League in the 70s and 80s.

So, this is the Panther 2018 schedule.

Thursday August 23: Grand Rapids Christian (Home): The second half of the home and home contract with Christian will be at DeWitt. The two played a couple of great games last season with the Eagles winning the 2017 season opener on the turf at Grand Rapids and DeWitt defeating Christian in the playoffs.

Thursday August 30, Walled Lake Northern (H): From the Lakes Valley Conference the Northern Knights have made the playoffs three of the last five seasons. A relatively new school, founded in 2003 as a new high school in the rapidly grown area of north of Novi.

*Friday, September 7, Okemos (H): The Panthers start the CAAC Blue conference with the Chieftans. These two nearby schools last played a non-conference game in 2006. The two schools have played 14 times mostly in the old Capital Circuit League in the 70s and 80s. Last season the Chieftans started 4-0 under former Fowlerville coach Jack Wallace. In game five, Okemos lost a close one to Grand Ledge 28-20 and then lost three of the next four to miss the playoffs.

*Friday, September 14, Holt (H): This will be the first ever meeting on the football field between the Panthers and Rams. Holt is historically a power in Lansing's large school division battling with Grand Ledge and East Lansing for the top spot.

*Friday, September 21, East Lansing (A): These two schools have played some fantastic football games over the last dozen years in the playoffs. The 2007 game featuring Panther QB Dan VanDruemel vs Trojan running back Isaac Harper, the 2008 drubbing of the Panthers, the 2010 come from behind win for DeWitt at EL with Caleb Higbie's late TD run down the western sideline. Always a rugged game.

*Friday, September 28, Lansing Everett (H): These two schools split non-conference games in 2011 and 2012.

*Friday, October 5, Grand Ledge (A): Wow, two great games these two teams have played the last two years. The Comets won the first meeting 28-21 two years ago and DeWitt squeaked out a 14-7 win last season. The Comets have owned the CAAC Blue for the last three years without losing a conference game. Always in the hunt with East Lansing and Holt.

Friday, October 12, St. Joseph (A): The Bears are from the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference and in the same conference with Portage Northern. The Bears have made the Division 3 playoffs eight of the last ten years including the last three consecutive.

Friday, October 19, Lansing Waverly: The Warriors are the only CAAC conference team DeWitt will play in 2018 only this will be a non-conference game.

*Notes a CAAC Blue conference game.

DeWitt, MI (1-11-2018):  DeWittFootball.org and the DeWitt Panther Coaching staff would like to congratulate DeWitt's Ryan Anderson on being named to All-Big-10 First Team as a punter for the 2017 football season by the media as well as the coaches.  Ryan punts for Rutgers in the Big-10 East Division and named the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the year. Not just a football player, Ryan also excels in the class room and earned Academic All-American First-Team status this season. Anderson was also a two time All-MIAA Conference, two time All-American as the punter for Olivet College and Academic All-American. His 46.2 yards per punt average set a record for Division III and was sixth in the country for all divisions in 2016.

This season, Ryan averaged 44.4 yards per punt, best in the Big-10  and 12th nationally

Ryan's senior season at DeWitt in 2012, he punted 52 times for a 39.7 average with 14 of the punts landing inside the 20 yard line. He was also a pretty darn fair receiver with 80 receptions for 1,221 yards and 16 touchdowns.

What is Ryan up to now? He is working at a gym in Arizona, lifting six days a week and working with punting coach and five time NFL Pro-Bowl punter Rich Camarillo. There are combines coming in February where NFL scouts will watch Ryan and other specialists. Of course, he is hoping to catch a scout's eye and sign with an NFL team.

DeWittFootball.org caught up with a busy Ryan Anderson recently and he shared some thoughts with us.

How did the decision come to move from Olivet in Division III to Division I Rutgers?

 Growing up in Michigan, I always watched Big Ten football. Naturally, that was always a goal of  mine to fulfill and finishing up my Senior year in the classroom at Olivet, I realized I could potentially make that dream a reality. It was extremely humbling to be able to make the transition that I did and fulfill a lifelong dream of mine. I was able to go perform on the biggest state and gain further exposure which was my reasoning for leaving Olivet and transferring to Rutgers for my last season.

What was it like to progress from high school on Friday nights to Saturdays in the MIAA and the Big-10?

There were a lot of differences between playing at all three levels. Naturally, playing in the Big Ten is a different animal, but at the end of the day, I had a job to do at all three schools. That did not change no matter where I was or how big the game was. I really enjoyed being able to make the jump from D3 to D1 and be able to play at the highest level on some of college football's biggest stages. It was extremely rewarding to see all of the work I have put in pay off in that regard.

Speaking of big stages, were there any stadiums or games that may have stuck in your memory?

Growing up in Michigan, I would have to say playing at Michigan Stadium was the most humbling/fulfilling stadium I played in. However, the best atmosphere game that I played was at Nebraska. Being able to play at Penn State is also something I will never forget and of course playing at home at Rutgers is something that I will forever carry with me.

What is next for DeWitt's Ryan Anderson?

I am currently living in Arizona for the next couple of months to train for the NFL. These next five months, I will be training as hard as I can and will do everything I can to make the NFL. I will have my pro day in March, some specialists combines in February and other workouts throughout the months. Come next fall, I hope to be on an NFL team somewhere.

Well, Ryan, you have a lot of folks cheering for you here in DeWitt. Good luck and keep us updated.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video from Ryan's high school season.

"DeWitt Forever".

  School

Conf.

Overall

*DeWitt

5 - 0

10 - 2

*Haslett

4 - 1

8 - 3

St. Johns

3 - 2

5 - 4

Charlotte

2 - 3

4 - 5

Mason

1 - 4

2 - 7

Waverly

0 - 5

2 -7

*2017 Playoff Qualifier

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and GR Christian game.
Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and Grand Ledge game.
Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and Mason game.
Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on DeWitt at Charlotte game.
Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther and Waverly game.
Please enjoy Mike McKeons'a recap of the Panther and Redwing game
Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panther win over Haslett
Please enjoy Mike McKeon's recap of the Panther win at Linden.
Please enjoy Mike McKeon's article on the Panthers win over Portage Northern

Please enjoy Mike McKeon's artcile on the Panthers playoff win over GR Christian

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Panther Profiles:

DeWitt, MI (Fall 2015): Many players have had the opportunity to move on from high school football to the college game from DeWitt High School. Recently, DeWittFootball.org had the opportunity to catch up with Ryan Anderson. Ryan was a receiver for the DeWitt 2011 and 2012 teams. Ryan was accepted to play football for Saginaw Valley State University, following in the steps of several other Panthers, including Caleb Higbie and Jason Fleet. Ryan played at SVSU for two seasons and now plays for Olivet College.

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DeWitt, MI (Winter 2015): Recently DeWittFootball.org had the opportunity to catch up with Paul Jorgensen. Paul was one of the most talented players to play for DeWitt and was an integral part of the success of the program from 2007 through 2009. A two way lineman for the Panthers, he played the “blind side” left tackle on offense and end on defense. 

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The DeWitt Panthers have played a lot of great games over the years, but perhaps none as exciting at the 2012 Division 3 District Championship game at Linden.

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