Leaping Panthers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 9, 2007

After three weeks of practice, the Georgiana Panthers will wrap up spring practice Thursday as they travel to Hillcrest-Evergreen to take on the Jaguars and St. Jude High in a three-team jamboree.

Georgiana Principal and interim head football coach Joseph Dean said he has been pleased with the way the Panthers have carried themselves this spring and he is ready for Thursday's games.

&#8220I feel they're ready,” Dean said of his team. &#8220I'm hoping we let people know we have some quality young men down here in Georgiana and I'm hoping we get some confidence going.”

Throughout the last week of practice, Dean said he has seen significant improvement from several individuals.

&#8220The person who has impressed me the most is Terrence Hatcher,” Dean said of the defensive tackle. &#8220He's come to work and done what we've asked everyday.”

Dean also noted the play of the Scott boys and Adonis Peterson.

&#8220Ronald and Donald Scott have been doing a superior job,” Dean said. &#8220And Adonis Peterson, you are going to remember that name.”

Dean also said his quarterback, Andre Paige, and receiver Terrence Matthews have been stepping up in practice.

&#8220Terrence Matthews, he knows how to play the game,” Dean said. &#8220But, of course, you're only as good as your quarterback and we've got a good one.”

The Panthers will conclude spring practice Thursday as they travel to Hillcrest-Evergreen. Georgiana will play the Jaguars for a half, starting at 6 p.m., and then play St. Jude for a half starting at approximately 7 p.m.

St. Jude and Hillcrest-Evergreen will play a half to conclude to the jamboree game.