Piedmont (3-8 & 1-6) graduates a lot from the 2017 team. The Panthers will need a new QB and RB after the graduation of Camden Baucom and Matt Price. Junior Connor Purser will be the work horse on offense after finishing 2nd on team in rushing yards with 514 yards and 3 TDs. Junior Nic Fincher is the leading receiver that is returning after 6 catches for 107 yards and 1 TD in 2017.
Piedmont’s defense returns 3 of their top 5 tacklers from 2017. James Price (80 tackles), Travis Murphy (47 tackles) and Dylan Mackey (41) are all returning on defense. Murphy led the Panthers with 4.5 sacks and James Price recorded 3 sacks in 2017. Brooks Gsell is the only returner for the Panthers with a interception. The Panther kicking game is up in the air with the graduation of Mason Holeman. Holeman was 22-of-26 on PATs and 2-of-3 on field-goals in 2017. The Panthers open the 2018 season on August 17th vs. Central Cabarrus.