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Petal football determined for a better season

Petal Panthers practice in the August heat. Photo by Daniel Brown. Petal Panthers practice in the August heat. Photo by Daniel Brown.
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -

Marcus Boyles and his Petal Panthers begin the 2015 season with a simple objective.

"Well you know it's exciting starting a new season. Everybody is undefeated right now. So, our kids have worked this summer. Worked really hard."

The Panthers lost some of their offensive firepower from last year, but return senior starting quarterback Samuel Hopper.

"I think Samuel is a guy that doesn't have a lot to say. He just comes out here, he always comes to work always ready to go," Boyles said. "He's going to be where he's supposed to be, doing what he's supposed to be doing."

Hopper said his mindset for the season is clear.

"The main goal is to win a state championship and you know, you've just got to win one game at a time."

"We're determined you know. Last season was a letdown. So, (the team is) coming out this year a little more determined."

Boyles added, "I think (we've) got to stay healthy. We don't have a lot of depth in positions. So, we've got to stay healthy and honestly just got to create some breaks for ourselves and be playing really good at the end of the year."

With an opening game against rival Hattiesburg, the duo said the team is locked-in.

"We're not focusing on anybody except Hattiesburg," Hopper proclaimed.

Boyles said, "you know Hattiesburg's got a lot of returning starters. Tony (Vance has) done a great job over there getting that program where it's at so that'll be a big game for us."

The Tigers and Panthers play August 22 in Petal.

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