Panthers face road warrior Raiders


For the Nease Panthers, they will be looking for another bounce back contest as they welcome in the Orange Park Raiders, who will make the trip over to the Panther Den from Clay County for the contest also scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 22.

Both teams appear to be in similar situations entering the game, as they both have records of 2-2 but have had their share of bright signs and question marks in the early going.

One of the interesting story lines lingering from the last game for the Panthers is who will start at quarterback?

It is a question in play after Nate Harry had been the starter through the first four weeks, but Bryce Frick was inserted into the role for the second half against Fletcher and nearly led a comeback bid.

Harry had won the starting job following an intense and close battle that lasted pretty much throughout fall practice, and Frick’s performance may have been enough to open the competition back up.

One thing for sure is that no matter which way the Panthers decide to go, it appears that they have quality options and depth at the quarterback position to choose from.

An interesting aspect heading into the matchup is that when the Raiders make the trip to Nease, it will be the fourth time in five weeks that they have had to go on the road, including a lengthy trip down to Melbourne last week.

That many road trips can eventually wear on a team at any level of football, so it will be interesting to see if it plays a factor and if the Panthers can take advantage of some good home cooking.

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