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Pell City football mixes in air attack for 2017

Pell City opens the 2017 season against Hewitt-Trussville as part of the Champions Challenge in Montgomery this Friday (abc3340.com)

Pell City football is ready to go against it's natural instincts.

Like it's true to life mascot suggests, last years Panthers did most of their damage on the ground. The running game was productive and the key to Pell City's 4-1 start.

Expect the offense to be more balanced in 2017.

The school added quarterback Jason Burkhalter, a transfer from St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile. Seeing him play in the Spring and early part of fall practice has made coach Keith Etheredge re-think his offensive philosophy.

"I've always said two things bad things can happen only one good thing when you throw it," Etheredge said. "If you turn around and hand it to one of them monsters, usually something good can happen. We've got a great running back Derrius Garrett, he's going to be a junior this year, so we've got him for two more years. He's a great running back but with that, we've got to also throw the football. I'm planning on him touching the ball 15, 20, 25 times a game, but I'm also planning on throwing the ball at least 25-30 times a game."

Pell City opens the 2017 season against Hewitt-Trussville as part of the Champions Challenge in Montgomery this Friday.


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