by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Hermitage Panthers have had a successful football program for years. They just haven't won the big one.
But the players on the Panthers believe this could be "they year". Herm is 7-0 for the first time since 2005, a year where they went 11-0 and before losing to L.C. Bird. Hermitage has not won a state championship since 1958, and making history is what motivates this year's team.
"The senior class has been determined to win a state championship since we were freshman," said linebacker Curtis Grant, who earlier in the week was named to U.S. Army All-American Game.
"We definitely want to go down as part of history," added senior quarterback Brendon Riddick. "We want Hermitage to be among the greats of Virginia, and to do that we need to win a championship.
The Panthers have won their last two games over Tucker and Freeman by a combined score of 91-0. But the bigger wins of the season came earlier - a 14-3 victory over Meadowbrook, and a 17-12 win over Varina.
Herm will try to make in 8-0 with an odd Saturday start - 1 PM at Marshall.