Middle Park High football season-opener honors public servants
Granby, CO Colorado
GRANBY – The Middle Park High School Football Team invites all military veterans, police officers, fireman, EMS workers and any other public servants to free admission with proper I.D. or uniform to this week’s season-opening football game at Middle Park’s Panther field in Granby at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, against rival Estes Park.
The Panther football team will be playing for the annual “Trail Ridge Trophy,” which is currently in the hands of Middle Park High School.
The Panthers will play all home games on Thursdays again this year except for a Friday night homecoming game later this month.
Football along with other sports schedules can be found at the high school’s website: http://football-schedule.mphs.egsd.org
“We continue to thank our community for all the support we receive on and off the football field,” said head coach Troy Schmidt. “We hope that this year even more of the community will come support our push to improve on last year’s performance.”
The Panther football team has been hard at work since a football camp in June in which several community businesses helped defray costs so the whole team could attend. “That’s what it is all about,” said Schmidt, “it takes a whole community to make it work, and we cannot thank everyone enough.”
The latest sponsors of the Panther football camp include The Crabtree Company and Circle G Automotive.
The Panthers have put a lot of work in the weight room this summer and started rigorous two-a-day practices on Aug. 15 in preparation for this season. The team finished a 5-way scrimmage at Adam’s City High School in Denver last Friday afternoon, during which they competed against 3A, 4A, and 5A teams. The Panthers’ hard work paid off as they dominated all scrimmages except one.
“We had some pass coverage mistakes against one team and we had a few technique and mental breakdowns against Adams City on defense and, with the speed of a team like that, they made us pay for it,” Schmidt said. “That’s the whole reason we want to play those upper level schools – so we can get used to that speed once we hit conference play.”
Despite the letdowns, the Panthers were only bettered three scores to two against Adams City. Schmidt hopes the scrimmage preparation in Denver will pay off against a much-improved and well-coached option team of Estes Park. Schmidt urges fans to come out to support the team as well as thank local public servants.
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