The Panthers of St. Mary’s Colgan are roaring back onto the gridiron for the 2023 high school football season. Coach Shawn Seematter, at the helm for seven years now, is ready to lead his team of skilled athletes as they don their blue and white uniforms in the CNC league’s 1A state classification.
With a strong track record of 46 wins out of 66 games, Coach Seematter’s leadership has been instrumental in guiding the team. A testament to the team’s resilience, they bounced back from a tough 2021 season with an impressive 9-2 record last year. The players showcased remarkable growth, displaying unity and teamwork on and off the field. The Panthers’ victory was not only in numbers but also in their unity.
Coach Seematter recognizes the challenges of their league schedule, pitting them against formidable opponents like Frontenac, Girard, Riverton, and Columbus. These matchups demand both physical and mental strength from the Panthers, pushing them to evolve and improve continuously.
Key players are returning this season, ready to make their mark on the field. Names like Cooper Simmons, Tucker Harrell, and Jade Tenry have become synonymous with power and determination. Simmons ran for an impressive 1,219 yards and 20 touchdowns while also delivering 54 tackles and 2 interceptions. Harrell showcased his versatility, passing for 508 yards and 6 touchdowns, rushing for 601 yards and 16 touchdowns, and adding 4 interceptions on defense.
The Panthers’ rich history is also a source of pride. With seven state championships under their belts, they’ve etched their name in the annals of football glory. Their recent appearance in the state championship game in 2017 are a testament to their enduring prowess.
Looking ahead, Coach Seematter is confident in the team’s strengths, which lie in their returning experience and tight-knit chemistry. However, he’s aware of the need to build depth within the squad and ensure a strong showing in special teams.
The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers are setting their sights high for the upcoming season. Their goal is to foster a culture of competitiveness, unity, and excellence. With Coach Seematter’s guidance and the players’ determination, the Panthers are ready to take the field and make their mark in 2023.