Henrico, VA (WWBT)- Last season, Hermitage finished the season 13-1, with the lone loss coming in the state championship game to Battlefield. That taste has stuck with the Panthers through the offseason, and now they're working towards a return trip to the title game that ends with a win.
Patrick Kane saw 13 starters depart from last year's team, but is still confident in the Panthers' ability to be successful. The head coach says that losing a lot of seniors is not uncommon for his team and he has several experienced players ready to step into starting roles. One key returner is lineman Andre Miles-Redmond, who will be playing on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Miles-Redmond has verbally committed to Virginia and will be pivotal in the development of Hermitage's running game.
Losing to Battlefield in the state championship game has motivated the Panthers. Kane said that there were a lot of tears after last year's loss and the goal this year is not to have any tears.
Hermitage opens up play on September 9 at home against Lee-Davis.