Panther Spring Football Brings Renewed Enthusiasm to Program

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Enthusiasm is Up for Duncanville High School Spring Football

It’s Monday afternoon in May. The school day has just ended and there are 200 young men dressed out in football uniforms exercising behind Panther Stadium.

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photo provided by Duncanville ISD

“Hurry up! Let’s go!” That’s the mantra of Duncanville High School Head Football coach Reginald Samples as he encourages his team to approach their work out with a sense of urgency and intensity. “They’re really working hard. I’m pleased with how they’re transitioning into my system,” Samples said.

When Duncanville ISD hired the legendary coach away from Dallas Skyline in January, it injected a renewed enthusiasm into the Panthers’ program. Quarterback Mike Myers said, “He’s a great coach. Just his drive and motivation. He loves the game and he makes us want to love the game even more.”

photo provided by Duncanville ISD

photo provided by Duncanville ISD

The Samples era is also attracting attention from college recruiters. Two coaches from Northeastern State University in Talequah, Oklahoma drove to Duncanville Sunday night to be at football practice Mondayafternoon. Joseph Hawthorne, a coach from Northeastern State said, “We’re here looking at talent. We heard this is a good place to find some.” The competition for up-and-coming football players is fierce. Monday marked the Panthers’ third practice under Coach Samples and recruiters from Oklahoma had to share space on the sidelines with representatives from Arizona State and TCU.

Duncanville free safety Jaron Bryant has five college offers as a junior: Texas State, Hawaii, Kansas, North Texas and Fresno State. He says Coach Samples is pushing his student athletes to be the best they can be. Practices are more physical and the battle for each spot on the team is highly competitive. “Love the man. He’s changed the whole organization,” Bryant said. “All this work will pay off on Friday nights.”

Coach Samples refuses to make predictions or promises about the upcoming football season. One thing he said he can assure fans: “They will see our kids are excited about playing and really working hard. Those are the circumstances in which you have the most success.”

The Panthers will give a preview of what’s to come in the fall at the spring football game on May 28 at 6:00 pm at Panther Stadium. The game is open to the public.