Piedmont: The Panthers will look to improve under Coach Luke Hyatt after a disappointing 2016 season (3-8 & 0-5). The Panthers will continue with the 99.9% run offense and senior Matt Price will lead that. Price led Union Co. in 2016 with 1257 yards and 11 scores. Chandler James will see some action as well after putting up 328 yards and 1 TD in 2016. Camden Baucom will be under center for his senior year. Baucom threw just 69 times and connected 25 times for 381 yards and 4 TDs as a junior. Baucom won’t line up behind center ever y time for the Panthers. Jacob Mosley and Matt Price will be taking direct snaps at times.
The Panthers defense returns three of their top five leading tacklers with Jacob Mosley (91), James Price (80) and Trip Fesmire (48) for Coach Hyatt. Sam Fisher returns after leading the Panthers in sacks (4) in 2016. UCHSF D-POY Candidate Tripp Fesmire returns after leading the Panthers with three interceptions in 2016. Senior kicker Mason Holeman had 23 PATs and four field goals returns. The Panthers will begin the 2017 season at Central Cabarrus on August 18.