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Last Update: 10-19-2018 

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Friday night, a terrific punt by the Bears Antonio Buhrfiend and bounce on the turf put the Panthers deep in a hole to start the game. With the ball at the two yard line, the line, QB and running back had good footing which to "come off the ball" and get out of the shadow of their own goal post, as the cliche states.

While noting that play in the press box at half time, DeWitt athletic director Mike Brya was commenting on how nice the turf was at St. Joseph's Dickenson Stadium and what bad shape the natural grass field at Memorial Stadium was after last week's rain and two games played on it during the rain.

Mike knows about that situation. He was on the field for just such a play. Backs to the wall, shadow of their own goal post, all that stuff.

In 1994, The Panthers finished an undefeated season and won the Ingham County League. With speedster QB JD Reyburn running the wishbone attach for Gail Thornton's talented team that included Brandon Way, Joe Braska, Kendall Crockett, Jason Swain, Casey Laughlin, TJ Stone, Aaron Ramow and more  , DeWitt hosted Millington for the first game of the playoffs. Millington had a huge line up front, so it was a classic speed vs power match up. A large crowd was on hand on that Saturday 1:00 game, we recall sitting about the 35 yard line and being wet even with rain gear. A hour or so before the game, a steady rain moved into the area and the field quickly became a sloppy mess. The rain took away DeWitt's advantage in speed. In the last minute of the 14-14 game, a Millington punt downed at the one yard line at the north end of the field. DeWitt's best chance was to run out the clock and wait for overtime.

Unable to simply take a knee, DeWitt had to run a play because QB Reyburn was standing in the end zone to take the snap. DeWitt ran a play up the middle but there was a mix up in the back field and Reyburn had to run for dear life and game. Running to his left around the end he slipped trying to avoid a tackler and fell in the end zone, giving Millington a two point safety and beating the Panthers 16-14. Millington went on to lose in the semi-finals to Detroit Country Day.

Panther Puzzle

The Bears speedy returner Devon Frenchko returned a kickoff 90 yards last Friday night against the Panthers.

Here is a two part Puzzle for you.     

The Puzzle part one:  Can you name who holds the record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown in Panther history?

A. Bob Strouse - 91 yards in 1976

B. ShonQuise Trainor - Exciting every time he touched the ball. 86 yards vs Menominee.

C. Scott Simon - Multi-sport star had a 90 yarder in 1992

D. John Markey - Yep, John went 98 yards against Haslett in 2003.

E. JD Ross - Yep, had four returns, longest 93 vs Waverly in 2015. Who can forget the exciting 90 yard return against St. Mary's in the 2016 regionals.

The Puzzle part two: One of these players has the most kickoff returns for touchdowns in Panther history.     

Shot of the Week

DJ Reyburn leaves the field after DeWitt lost the 1994 playoff game. (See Did you know? above) .

Delta Township, MI (10/19/2018):  The DeWitt Panthers traveled to Lansing Waverly Friday night to play the Warriors in a CAAC Blue Conference game. DeWitt won the game 63-27 on a cold, breezy and misty rainy night.

With the victory by DeWitt over Waverly, the Panthers won the conference outright. The Panthers are 6-0 in the conference while East Lansing defeated Okemos for second place in the conference at 5-1. Okemos finished third after losing to East Lansing 20-17.

The Panthers were able to move the ball well against the Waverly defense. They rushed for 368 yards on 31 attempts for a whopping 11.9 yards per carry average.  Thaddeus Anwar led the way with 142 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns on runs of 8, 30 and five yards. Quentin Hall only carried the ball twice but made the best of them, scoring on runs of 50 and 43 yards. Blake Gatfield ran three times for 31 yards including a 20 yard TD, Jake Spedoske an eleven yard TD, Preston Sehlke had a 10 yard touchdown run and Andrew Debri blasted in from 10 yards. Carson Hayes finished the night 7 for 7 on extra points. Hayes has not missed an extra point this season, and has had one blocked.

For Waverly, QB Bryson Fronta completed 11 of 28 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns, two to Keshaun Harris (4 receptions for 59 yards) and one to Ellis Trainor  for 23 yards. Frontra scrambled most of the night due to Panther pressure and ended up with 62 yards on 18 carries and Harris had 33 yards rushing on 11 carries.

The conference title is DeWitt's 13th in a row, 16 for Coach Zimmerman and 29th in school history. It is the 8th undefeated regular season for Zimmerman, and 14th in school history.

Sunday evening on Fox Sports Detroit, the 2018 playoff pairings will be announced.





Week Nine Pre-District


6 - 0

9 - 0

Beat Waverly 63-27  

*East Lansing

5 - 1

8 - 1

Beat Okemos 20-17  
*Okemos 4 - 2 6 - 3 Lost to East Lansing 20-17  

Grand Ledge

3 - 3 3 - 5 Beat Holt 33-22  

Holt 2 - 4 3 - 6 Lost to Grand Ledge 33-22  


1 - 5

2 - 7

Lost to Lansing Sexton 14-6  
   Waverly 0 - 6 1 - 8 Lost to DeWitt 63-27  

*2018 Playoff Qualifier

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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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