Stigler Football Feature – Presented by Cross

STIGLER PANTHERS  

Coach: CHRIS RISENHOOVER

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 9-3

2017 – 7-4

2016 – 10-3

2015 – 7-4

2014 – 2-8
2013 – 10-3

OFFENSE

VYPE Top 100 player Mason Peery (5-9, 178, Sr.) will be the key for coach Chris Risenhoover this season. Where Peery ends up playing will go a long way to determining the Panthers’ success as they look to make it five straight playoff appearances. Peery will be in three-way battle to succeed Nate Bryant at quarterback along with junior Zane Oldham and freshman Luke Adcock. Because Peery is also talented as a running back (12 yard per carry average) and wide receiver (24 receptions for nearly 500 yards), Risenhoover’s decision might not be easy as it would appear. Whoever ends up as the signalcaller will have what Risenhoover calls the deepest receiving corps he’s had in his 10 years at Stigler, led by Jaxon Calhoun (6-0, 170, Sr.), Braden Drewry (5-11, 165, Jr.) and Lakin Bass (6-1, 175, Jr.). That trio accounted for nearly 1,200 receiving yards on 56 receptions last season. The Panthers also will throw tight end Cole West (6-0, 230 Sr.) and Jackson Winkle (6-4, 195, Sr.) into that receiving mix as well. Running the ball will be Ridge McClary (5-9, 170, Jr.), who carried for nearly 800 yards last season and is also a good receiver out of the backfield. The offensive line returns experience with Keaton Shaffer (6-1, 260, Sr.) and Caleb Eakle (6-1, 250, Sr.) and hopes that seniors Cole Highfill and Vance Hamlin will return to form after suffering shoulder injuries last season. 

DEFENSE

Opponents would be wise to avoid the middle of the Panther defense this season with lots of talent at key spots, starting with linebacker Bruce Engle (5-11, 200, Jr.), who had 126 tackles last year. Before getting to Engle, ball carriers will have to get through West and Hamlin on the D-line. Jackson Winkle (6-4, 195, Sr.) and Calhoun form one of the best secondary tandems in the state, according to Risenhoover, and they’ll be joined by Bass.  Billy Mitchell (6-1, 170, Jr.), who recorded 47 tackles last year, will be an experienced hand at linebacker for the Panthers. “We see a lot of potential for this group against a tough schedule,” Risenhoover said. “Mason Peery is one of the top players in the state and where he ends up playing on offense will determine what we look like this year.”

SCHEDULE

9-6 – at Hartshorne

9-13 – vs. Sallisaw

9-20 – at Muldrow

9-27 – vs. Lincoln Christian

10-4 – at Roland

10-11 – vs. Checotah

10-17 – vs. Seminole

10-25 – at Idabel

11-1 – at Okmulgee

11-8 – vs. Webster