Countdown to Kickoff: Powell

POWELL, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tobi Kilgore is Powell's third coach in three years, but that change hasn't slowed down the Panthers. Kilgore is eager to continue Powell's recent run of success.

Two years ago, the team made the finals with Matt Lowe. He resigned, making way for Derek Rang. He made it to the state semis, but then also resigned.

If Kilgore and the Panthers are to make a run, the coach says they'll lean on nine returning starters to do so.

"Our offense skill sets are good we just have to find a way to get the ball to those athletes and see what they can do in space," Kilgore said.

"We've got to replace some things on the offensive line and those sophomores will step up and we should be fine."

Senior wide receiver Josh Singleton says he and the Panthers also have pride on their side.

"Every Friday night when you put on the Powell jersey and you put on the helmet and you run out of the tunnel, people expect you to win ball games," Singleton said.

"It's a good kind of pressure because it fires you up. You know you have a standard to keep of winning so you better work your butt off."

Powell plays the first game in the state, as the Panthers host Fulton August 22 on Rivalry Thursday. The game will air on MyVLT.

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