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Perry preview – Smith naming names, winning games

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Daequan Wright. Curtis Head. Brantley Gibson. Khiari Miller. Price Massey. Jarred Fuller. Perry football Head Coach Kevin Smith can name some names. In fact, he said, “I could go on …” The bad news is those are names of those who have graduated – those who helped the Panthers finish 11-2 overall this past year and make it to the Elite Eight – the Sweet 16 the year prior – and win back-to-back region titles.

“This senior class is ready for the challenge to step up and push our program to the next level.”

“Those guys set the mark high,” he said. “Competed each week. They’re going to be missed.”

The good news is, as already said, Coach Smith can name some names. This time, however, it a list of those left to carry on the tradition. Dakarai Anderson, Kiel Sparks, Cory Pettigrew, Rodarious Lewis, Demetrious Carter, and of course now-senior quarterback Armar Gordon, Jr. (Note: Check out the full interview below where he continues to name other names as well.)

“I’ve been telling everybody all summer,” he said of Gordon. “He’s the most underrated quarterback. He’s getting some nibbles everywhere (from colleges). He’s a diamond in the rough, 10 yards short of 3,000, 31 touchdowns. Quick with his feet.

“It all starts with him and leadership …”

Overall, he said, after talking about those who would be missed: “This senior class is ready for the challenge to step up and push our program to the next level.”

And overall on the offensive side, “I just feel read good about the pieces over there, because we’ve got enough guys who played last year to help these young guys grow.”

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