Football Has a New Home in Pond Creek – Presented by First State Bank of Pond Creek

By Jay Hoberecht

The Pond Creek-Hunter Panther football program has a new home! The old grass field, Thomas E. Page Field, ran east and west. The new turf field runs north and south and has a track around the field. A fieldhouse will be built this year to finish the project. The Panthers did get to play one game at the new field late last season. The Panthers, road warriors last season, have eight home games this season. The Panthers compete in Class C, District C-1. It is a tough district that will not be decided until late in the season. 

The Panthers are 73-14 over the past seven seasons. 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 averaged 41.1 points per game and allowed only 15.2 points per game. Coach Kerr thinks the defense will be the strong point of the team this season with six defensive players returning. The Panthers play a 2-3 defense and the front five, Kellen Claflin, John Theophilus, Xavier Smith, Fisher Muegge and Noah Miller are big and quick and can make plays.  Not good news for C-1 opponents.

The Panther offense returns five players including Noah Miller. The senior running back 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.  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.” The Panthers also return senior Fisher Muegge, TE/OLB, 6-5, 195.  He is a big target in the passing game. He scored six times last season. The Panthers will be looking to fill the quarterback position with the graduation of Tyler Kerr. Two players, Jake Ronck and Aaron Kerr will battle for the position this summer.

There is great tradition in the Pond Creek-Hunter football program. 

“There is no secret to the Panther’s success”, Kerr said, ”just hard work and talented kids.  The tradition of high expectations is part of the Panther football program and now they get to do it at a new stadium. Look for the Panthers to play for the Class C championship this season!  

Photos By Keon Riddle