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Panthers get back to business after winning first state title in program history

The Perry Panthers’ football team got back to business late last month and this month with spring practice and their spring scrimmage game against Jones Co this past Friday Night. Last season was a magical journey for the Maroon, Gold, Black, and White as they captured their first state title in program history, a title that was 70 years in the making.

Perry opened 2023 against county rival HoCo and they got off to a slow start but were able to tie the game late but ultimately fell 42-35 in the season opener that was an overflow crowd at Herb St. John and 100 degrees outside. They outscored county rival Veterans 49-41 a couple of weeks later at Freedom Field. The Panthers’ only other loss was a shocking region loss at Spalding, losing 31-22 and Perry was the 2 seed in the AAAA Playoffs.

They downed Burke Co in the rain 35-14 in Round One, traveled to SW GA to play Bainbridge and won a defensive showdown 7-3 in the Sweet Sixteen, then went to De Kalb Co to play Stephenson and won 34-20 in the Elite Eight to setup a Final Four showdown at Starr’s Mill. The Maroon, Gold, Black, and White got down 10 pts twice and would win the tightly battled contest 28-24 to reach the Final.

In the Final, PHS brought essentially the entire city of Perry with them to the Benz as they faced off against Stockbridge and won 38-27 to reach the top of the mountain. This season, Perry looks to be strong once again but will be looking for a new QB as Colter Ginn graduates and heads to Georgia University. The Panthers have competed well this spring and will look to continue to build on it over the summer and heading into the season in August.

To hear what head coach Kevin Smith had to say, click on the video down below.

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