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Charles City Panthers

The vital info

2008 | 1-9, 0-4

Last playoff appearance | 1998

Coach | Steward Green (seventh year, 23-46)

Division | 1

School number | 804-829-9249

Home stadium | Leon G. Miles Memorial Stadium

The schedule

Sep. 4*At Northumberland (6-4)*7 pm

Sep. 11*Arcadia (0-9)*7 pm

Sep. 18*At West Point (7-4)*7 pm

Sep. 25*Lancaster (5-5)*7 pm

Oct. 9*Rappahannock (3-7)*7 pm

Oct. 16*Windsor (6-4)*7 pm

Oct. 23*At Franklin (12-2)*7 pm

Oct. 30*Sussex Central (7-4)*7 pm

Nov. 6*At Surry County (4-6)*7 pm

Nov. 13*Amelia County (5-5)*7 pm

The standouts

Trevor Jones

Jr. | 5-10 | 164 | QB

Very athletic quarterback with great footwork and a strong arm who runs the show on the field. Coaches say he's a solid Division 1 prospect.

John Graves

Sr. | 5-10 | 200 | OG/LB

Aggressive and knowledgeable of the game, Graves is the anchor on the offensive line and is where the ball will come when the Panthers need a big play.

Joe Tabb

Jr. | 5-7 | 199 | TB

An Earl Campbell type of runner, Tabb runs downhill and gets big plays because opponents are reluctant to tackle him due to his body composition and willingness to return the hit.

The storylines

1. Freshman Avery Jones is being looked at to contribute immediately. He'll play many roles, starting at CB and filling in as a WR and the back-up to brother Trevor at QB.

2. Freshman Jaleen Williams is big for his age (6-foot-2 and 210) and will pick up a lot of responsibility at both OL and DL.

3. Jonathan Abbott's development will go a long way towards the success of the passing game. A big year by this junior WR will give Jones a reliable target.

4. DE Vannie Spurill needs to have a productive season for the defense to be successful. He's going to be relied upon to provide a big push on the line.

5. Sophomore Justin Brown, just 5-foot-1 and 135 pounds, is a very feisty player who wants to be around the ball at all times. His speed at DE will provide big match-up problems for opponents.

The key to success

Greene is not happy with how this team was a "first-half team" the last couple of seasons, and is stressing closing out games in order to have a more productive season. The Panthers were either ahead by or within a touchdown at the half in nearly every game last season, but faded in the second half.

The big number

48. The Panthers are focused on playing a full 48 minutes every game.

The coach speak

"We've got a lot of guys who've been together three or four years now, and it's going to be important that they believe in each other and push each other to give their all for an entire game."

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