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What are the Panthers doing?

After proclaiming themselves the county's best by winning their second state title in three years, Plant faces a new set of challenges with its ascension into Class 5A.

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Why the Panthers will make the playoffs

Will Win If They make their own destiny. Remember, but don't rely, on past successes.

Why the Panthers may not make the playoffs

Will Lose If H1N1 takes out the entire offensive line and plentiful coaching staff.

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What they're saying about the Panthers

Coach Robert Weiner "We want to be a team that's going to be able to execute early on offense. We're very, very big up front this year, which is going to create some opportunities."

Coach Robert Weiner "We want to play fast and physical. People may think we're a finesse team because we throw the ball, but the people who play us know us for that. We always want to be that."

Strawberry Crest coach (and former Armwood assistant) Todd Donohoe "Coach Weiner is meticulous in everything he does. He lives it and he sleeps it. He has a great staff and he has everyone positioned in the right spot."

QB Phillip Ely "We want to play the best in Florida, the best in the nation. We don't want to play second or third best."

QB Phillip Ely "We're real confident. I'm really excited about this team. I get to use all the experience I got from last season."

Friday Night Rewind As far as offensive diversity goes, the Panthers might be better than last year's team. Look for another lengthy postseason run.

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A few Panthers we'll be following on Fridays

QB Phillip Ely Can draw from his 7-0 mark and 19 TD passes from '08 to quell any "successor" talk.

LB/DE/RB James Wilder Jr.A game changer on defense (15 sacks in '08), the fact that the Chamberlain transfer's going to get plenty of touches at running back is downright scary.

WR Allen Sampson Had four 100-yard games in 2008's first weeks. This year, he's looking for season-long consistency.