By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 22, 2018
2017 season record — 4-4 overall, 230 points for, 190 points against. 3-1 Division II regular season.
Head coach — Tim Pujol, 20th season, overall record 142-37, 14 DODEA-Japan and Kanto titles, five Rising Sun Bowl championships, two Far East Division I titles.
Returning players — 8.
Returning starters — 2.
Key performers — Cameron Ewens, Sr., G-DL; Ethan Smith, Jr., RB-LB (transferred from Abilene-Cooper, Texas); Ethan Gaume, Sr., QB; Nick Yates, Fr., QB-RB-LB; Taylor Jenkins, Jr., OL-DL; Austin Fisher, Jr., LB-OT-TE (sidelined first six weeks of season with fractured thumb); Dwight Phillips, Jr., C; Eli Phillips, Sr., DB-TE-SE.
Strengths — Experience at some positions; camaraderie, teamwork.
Drawbacks — Lack of depth, lack of numbers; lowest number of players the team has ever fielded.
Overview — Rebuilding. Second straight season the Panther program doesn’t have a junior varsity team. Plus, there’s the jump back to Division I, with its larger squads. It could be a long season in Panther Country.