Pond Creek-Hunter Football: Great Expectations from the Great Northwest – Presented by Stevens Ford

Stevens Ford

By Jay Hoberecht

The Pond Creek-Hunter football program and head football coach David Kerr have developed an incredible football tradition in their small town on Highway 81. The expectations remain the same but now the Panthers are playing on a new home field.

The Panthers are 73-14 over the past seven years. They lost to Tipton in the Class C state championship game in 2016 and 2017. Pond Creek-Hunter was 11-2 last season losing in the state semifinals. They accomplished that record playing ten road games while their new football stadium was being finished. The Panther’s first home game was week nine against Tyrone. Coach Kerr called it “an unbelieve atmosphere.”

The Panthers, road warriors last season, averaged 41.1 points per game and allowed only 15.2 points per game. Coach Kerr’s son, senior Tyler Kerr, was the quarterback and junior Noah Miller, running back, both had great seasons despite battling some injuries. Coach Kerr called “the season an overachievement with so many road games and with Tyler and Noah playing hurt.” That is the norm for the Panthers. They expect to go deep in the playoffs each year.  

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Noah Miller played in only 12 games rushing for 1,453 yards on 141 carries, a 10.3 average per rush, scoring 25 touchdowns plus he caught 22 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He was one-for-one passing throwing an 80-yard touchdown pass. On defense, Miller had 118 tackles, 10 for loss and had two interceptions. Coach Kerr says, “Miller loves the game of football and shows it by the way he practices and plays. He has a big motor and very intense!” Miller plays football, basketball and runs track. I could tell he loves football by the way he talked about the game and the appreciation he has for his teammates and offensive line. He is involved with Student Council, Stand for the Silent, a program to stop bulling in high school, and he sings with the school choir. Miller returns for his senior season and has eight home games.

“There is no secret to the Panther’s success,” Kerr said, “just hard work and talented kids.  Our coaches have done a good job and spend a lot of time on both sides of the ball.” The tradition of high expectations is a part of the Panther football program and now they get to do it at a new stadium.