A capsule glance at the Greenbrier Panthers

THE SKINNY

Greenbrier coach Randy Tribble will send out a team Tuesday night to open the season with high hopes of improving on last year’s 4-7 record.

“We think we’ll be competing for a conference championship,” he said. “The league will be pretty balanced, but we think we’ll be right there knocking on the door.”

Greenbrier opens about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Beebe in the final game of the First Security Kickoff Classic at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

OFFENSE

Tribble considers the offensive line a strength.

“We have guys who have been playing together three years and they are pretty much at the same positions,” Tribble said. “They keep getting better every day.”

Among the top linemen are Sam Colbert, Tristian Carter, Logan Cope, Jacob Cummins and Jordan Pearson.

Tribble plays to use a dual quarterback system. Starter Will Drewry went down with a knee injury in practice after the seventh game and junior Harold Ross took over and passed for 1,258 yards and nine touchdowns.

“Neither has separated himself and both are playing well,” Tribble said. “One is a little better runner and the other a little better passer but we’ll use both.”

Cole Shaw, Matthew and Michael Spainhour, Austin Porter, Ethan Edwards, Carter Cross, Landon Hamilton and Austin Patterson form a deep receiver corps. Carson Matthews, a run and pass-catching threat, and Shawn Howard and Sam McNabb are the major running backs.

“We are a little experienced in the backfield and at receiver but we are two-deep at every position,” Tribble said.

DEFENSE

Senior ends Chase Weatherly and Cody Smith lead a defense that Tribble hopes will be much improved.

Linebacker Tyler Bush is one of the leading returning tacklers with Edwards another capable linebacker.

Shawn and Brock Meek are mainstays in the secondary.

KEY QUESTION

Can the Panthers’ defense match the offense in firepower.

KEY GAMES

Sept. 26 at Morrilton

Oct. 17 at Little Rock Christian.

PLAYER ON THE RISE

Weatherly showed signs last season as being a playmaker and leader on defense.

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