Youngstown, OH (WYTV) – Youngstown East opened their doors nine years ago, back in 2007. That’s also the last season the Panthers put up a winning record. But a new head coach and new young talent still have this program optimistic for the 2016 campaign.
Head coach Jerron Jenkins is back for his 3rd stint with the Panthers. He served as head coach back in the early 90’s AND inherits a team that has A LOT of gaps to fill.
“Our theme this year is time to make a change,” said Jenkins. “You know, it’s time for East high to make a change and get back to where we were at the old East High School.”
The offense has struggled to gain much ground in recent years. The Panthers averaged under 5 yards per play the past two seasons. Running back Leon Bell is a player to watch. He’ll share the backfield with a couple different athletes. Senior Tyron Jefferson is also a nice target at tight end after hauling in 3 touchdowns last season. The defense returns 7 starters after giving up 26 points per game in 2015.
“If we could win this year, it would definitely change everything,” said Jefferson. “People would look at us different. Instead of looking down on us, they would look up to us and say look we’re doing a good job, we’re making a change.”