After seven seasons as Panthers head coach, Bobby Wyatt decided it was time to hang up the whistle.
“I respect Bobby [Wyatt] and I’ve learned so much from him this past year,” said new head coach Jason Spears. “So you know, being my first year head coach is pretty exciting.”
Now, it’s Spears’ turn to lead PikeView in 2019. And already, he’s putting his stamp on the program.
“Yeah, it’s been great,” said senior quarterback Ethan Begovich. “He’s real big on conditioning and he makes sure everything’s done the way he wants it to be done.”
“We’re working hard — harder than we ever worked,” added senior lineman Tanner Hazelwood. “Me, being a four year football player — it’s my fourth year coming out here — it’s the hardest I’ve worked yet.”
That’s because Spears’ mindset is simple.
“If you truly are dedicated and you really want to play this game, I’ll put you out there,” he said.
There is no doubt it will be difficult to replace what the Panthers lost last season. Do-it-all running back, Evan Rose, compiled nearly 2,000 yards of total offense as a senior. Rose has since graduated and committed to continue his football career at Concord University.
But, the cupboard isn’t bare for the Panthers in 2019.
“I’m optimistic about the guys in the backfield,” Spears said. “I have a lot of kids that want to step up and take that leadership role like Evan did and Logan Price and all them.”
“They all seem really excited and eager to be out on that field to prove themselves and that’s a very big thing that we need — excitement,” said senior lineman Logan Krauss.
The Panthers will carry that excitement into their season opener at Summers County on August 30.