By Ethan Colbert
A Bowling Green High School varsity football team has never defeated the Palmyra Panthers. With having snapped the program’s losing streak to South Shelby on Friday night, the Bowling Green Bobcats say they will be poised and ready to end the string of defeats to the Panthers.
“We realize what kind of team that we have and what we can do when we work together,” Dylan Huber said in an interview following Friday night’s game at Shelbina. A senior at BGHS, Huber plays both running back and defensive back for the Bobcats.
“Coming into next week, we have a history with the Panthers, but we need to let history be history and take care of this game,” Huber added.
Bowling Green High School Head Coach Kevin Krietemeyer said in an interview that he and his coaching staff are working to make sure that the ‘Cats remain confident headed into Friday night’s game, which will be played at Bowling Green High School. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bowling Green High School Sports Complex. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
The school’s booster club has themed the evening as “A Blackout For The Bobcats!” and all fans are being encouraged to wear all black attire to the football game.
The second year head coach said he is hopeful that an impassioned fan base will attend the game to support the Bobcats. He also said he hopes that an excited fan base will help keep his team on edge and give them the confidence they need to defeat Palmyra.
“Palmyra is a different animal,” Krietemeyer said. “It is another one of those game where you know the background, you know that they are coming into our town and that they have a good football team.”
Palmyra defeated Brookfield in the first week of the 2018 football season by a score of 7-6.
In separate interviews, Bowling Green High School football players Kaleo Dade and Ethan Everhart said the entire Bobcat football roster knows just how much focus and intensity needed to be given during this week’s practices in preparation for Friday night’s non-conference game.
“The confidence is there, but we also know that this is a whole different ballgame,” Dade said. “Playing two Clarence Cannon Conference powerhouses right off of the bat to start the season is going to be hard, but we are going to have a good week of practice and we are going to be ready.”
Everhart added that practices this week focused on resolving the issues that occurred during the ‘Cats season opener against South Shelby on Friday night.
“Palmyra is a good team and we are going to have to fix those mistakes right now,” Everhart said. In Friday’s night game, the ‘Cats were plagued by penalties including six false start penalties.
Everhart, who plays on the offensive line, said he and his teammates will likely spend a lot of time watching film from Friday night’s game in preparation for Friday night against Palmyra.
“We are going to try our hardest to not have any penalties on the offensive line,” Everhart said.
When asked how he felt about his team’s mentality
headed into Friday night’s game, Krietemeyer said he was proud to see how the student athletes were accepting the responsibility for the role they play in the game.
“As we work to change the program and work to change the culture, it is so important that the kids have a positive mindset and that when they take the field they do not see the opposite team’s name on the jersey and begin to overthink it,” Krietemeyer said. “Respect your opponent, sure, but do not play scared or under confident just because it is Palmyra or somebody like them.”