The Cumberland Gap Panthers football team got a break from the hot conditions with an evening of football practice that featured cloud cover and cooler temperatures last week.
The 2016 , under new head coach DeLynn Cline, has been working hard for days; many of them being hot and steamy summer afternoons. They are learning a new system both offensively and defensively. The change doesn’t seem to affect the players as they are having little trouble in learning the Cline system. This is a version of the same system which propelled the team to regional success in the early 2000s.
When asked about the system coach Cline said this, “It is a system where we can control the ball and the clock by using longer drives when needed but it will also rely on the big play when we see it’s there. When working; it also takes the pressure off our defense by allowing them maximum rest.”
The Panthers coaching staff is also using these practices to find the best players to back up the first team in order to improve depth. The Panthers open their season Aug. 26 versus Hancock County and will try to start the season off by defending their house.
Look for a full preview of the Gap football program in a future issue of the Claiborne Progress.
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