LUDLOW – There is a buzz around Ludlow High School’s football team entering the 2014 season. Most of that excitement stems from the opening of the newly renovated James Rigney Memorial Stadium. The Panthers (4-7 in 2013) hope that they can add to that excitement on the field as well.
The home opener and grand re-opening of the stadium takes place on August 29. The entire community is invited to a tailgate that will precede the game against Bracken County.
“The 2014 football season should be very exciting,” said head coach Rick Hornsby. “Our program will be in a new facility this year; we are hoping this brings new hope and excitement into the program.”
On the field, the Panthers must find a new starting quarterback. Sophomore Devlin Carter will be charged will filling that void. He will rely on junior running back Jeremiah Martin and senior wide receiver/tight end Logan Doane as his top playmakers. Senior Michael Britton and juniors Matthew Gibson and Dalesean Holbert will anchor the offensive and defensive lines. Junior Trent Ledbetter will lead the secondary and should see more targets as a wide receiver on the other side of the ball.
With just eight seniors on the roster, the Panthers will be relying on underclassmen to contribute at several key positions.
“We have a group of underclassmen that worked very hard in the offseason,” said Hornsby. “They are very dedicated to making themselves better players.”
Despite their small numbers, the seniors can fill an important role. They were forced into action as underclassmen and helped lead the Panthers to four wins last season after winning just one game in 2012. They took their lumps as sophomores and responded well as juniors. Now, they are ready to take the next step and reach their goal of going out with a winning season.
“We have good leadership in our senior class,” said Hornsby. “The experience they gained should be a great asset for our program this year.”
The Panthers open the season at Gallatin County on Aug. 22.
Aug. 22: At Gallatin County, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 29: Vs. Bracken County
Sept. 5: Vs. Paris
Sept. 12: At Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18: At Brossart
Sept. 26: Vs. Berea, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: Vs. Dayton
Oct. 17: At Bellevue
Oct. 24: Vs. Beechwood, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31: At Pendleton County, 7:30 p.m.
7 p.m. unless noted