Greg Neece’s first year in charge of the Anahuac football program has already brought some acceptable drama and excitement.

The Panthers, thanks to an 18-14 win at Buna last weekend, have leveraged themselves into a position where if they can just win two more games, they should make the Class 3A-I playoffs and three would  lock a spot down.

That quest continues 7:30 p.m. Friday when the Panthers host Warren (2-3, 0-2) for homecoming.

“In the first half we had two drops and both of them were for touchdowns,” Neece said of the Buna win. “They were running free, but we did limit them to two touchdowns. As bad as it could have been we were only down eight points at halftime.

“We talked about ridding the penalties and making plays. We came together and it was a great team victory. We are turning the corner. It was a big win for our program.”

Neece said even when the Panthers started 0-3 “nobody quit.”

“They wanted to be coached and believed in what we are trying to do,” Neece said. 

Now comes a potential trap game against a solid squad before the Panthers wrap up with Hardin, East Chambers Woodville and Orangefield. Being 3-0 before that stretch would benefit them.

“They have a really good quarterback and run the old split-back veer,” Neece said. “They try to shorten the game on offense and will wait until the end of the play clock before snapping the ball, so it can get frustrating.”

Neece says only 23 players suited up due to injuries, well below is ideal number of 30 in uniform.

“We’re an injury away from being average,” Neece said. “We are a good team, we are not great. It’s a job of a coach to get his team ready to beat the teams they are supposed to beat.”

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