The Pflugerville Panthers have won nine games in three of the last four seasons. The Panthers recent success has surprised a few people around the state, and the way they have won is equally impressive.
Pflugerville has established itself as one of the more consistently good defensive programs while operating out of the Wing T on offense. The Panthers’ best season recently came in 2000 when they posted a 10-1 record. Going into the 2004 season, Pflugerville has a good returning nucleus of experienced starters from the 2003 team that posted a 9-3 record. The playoff loss came to Klein Forest by a score of 21-14. Forest is an equally tough program on defense, and the game lived up to the expectations that’d it would be a defensive battle. The Panthers return their entire backfield intact this season which is huge for any team going into the year. Speedy QB Todd Walker (6’2 180) will direct the offense, and the top two Panther rushers from a year ago also return. Senior running back Evan Robertson (5’10 180 4.5) and junior Antwan Cobb (6’0 190 4.4) pace what will be a very potent ground game. Many people feel like Cobb will be one of the top prospects in the state in 2005. Pflugerville doesn’t go to the air regularly, but when they do look out for junior Terrell Reese (6’4 200). Reese is a big, physical target that should be accounted for at all times. The only returning all-district offensive lineman for Pflugerville is Joseph Miller (6’4 270). However, other returning lettermen will surround Miller to give the Panthers what should be another solid OL. Junior Antonio Cobb (6’0 250) is a younger player to watch for.
One reason expectations are high in Pflugerville this year is that all three of their losses last season were by seven points or less. The Panthers lost to Leander by only three, and at Temple by one point before falling by seven to Klein Forest. Pflugerville was extremely close to having an incredible year in 2003, and look primed to top that 10-win plateau this season with experienced players. As mentioned above, Pflugerville is known to have one of the top defenses in central Texas year in and year out. Last season, Pflugerville had the best scoring defense in the district. Two of the Panthers’ top two defenders return from that unit. Seniors defensive back Nathan Bradshaw and defensive lineman Alex Molin (6’4 260) return to anchor the Panther defense. Senior David Spriggs (6’2 260) also provides varsity experience to go with Molin on the defensive line. Junior linebacker Marlon Williams (6’1 200) is a player to really keep an eye on. Luke Tiemann was probably the biggest graduation loss for the Panthers.
Overall, Pflugerville has areas that need attention like any other school going into summer, but the experience they have back will allow them to compete at a higher level early on in the season. Todd Walker is one of the more sought after recruits in the state, and he’ll want to follow in his brother Grant’s footsteps and help lead Pflugerville to its best year in school history.