GRANBY — The Middle Park High School Panthers football team concluded the 2013 campaign with a 35-0 win at Pinnacle High School on Oct. 26. The win, the first of the season, sends the Panthers into an offseason with proof that the system works and that great things are ahead. Following the final game, the Panthers wasted no time in moving forward with a before school off-season program to begin preparations for 2014.
“We certainly ended on a high note with that game at Pinnacle. The offense, defense, and special teams all performed at a high level and it was great to see. A huge win, with the offense rolling and the defense getting a shutout was just what we needed heading into the offseason,” said Panthers Head Coach Adam Bright after the game.
While the season may not have unfolded as many had hoped, the Panthers had many accomplishments to celebrate this year and did just that when the Panthers held its annual football banquet hosted by the Grid Iron Club. For the 2013 season, league coaches voted Adam Visconti, Jace Linke and Landon Hight as first team members of the All-League team. Joining the first team members were Moses Aguilar, Burton Dines and Conner Whitford on the All League Second Team. There were also three members of the Panther Football team that garnered Honorable Mention including Hugh Campbell, Keanan Eisenbart and Victor Gardner. League coaches also selected Adam Visconti as the Defensive MVP for the league which carries with it an invitation to the All State football game this spring.
“I am proud of the way our guys fought this year. We have talked since day one about fighting the fight and keeping the faith, and our guys did just that. I am excited for Adam to get to play another game, and am glad our guys were recognized for their efforts this year,” Bright said after the banquet.
Up next for the Panthers is an offseason program, including weight-lifting and agility drills every morning before school. “With 25-plus guys working hard every morning, we are excited about where this program is headed. It’s a process to build a sustainable program, but we are certainly well on our way. Our Seniors this year laid the foundation, and it’s our job to build on to that going forward. It’s time now to work hard and cheer hard as our guys and gals move on with basketball, wrestling, and skiing,” Bright said.