Key Returning Players: Stockton Mallett (OL), Korbin Duffy (OL), John Treat (OL), Ethan Bean (OL), Colt Wilson (OT), Trent Middleton (OL), Anthony Vickers (WR), Chris Sheehy (WR)
In Yellville, the Panthers keep producing winning teams. In 2011, Yellville-Summit lost in the second round of the playoffs.
"We had a great year," Coach Calvin Mallett said, "Eight wins in a school like Yellville; with our numbers."
"We strive to go to playoffs every year," Coach Mallett said, "and we've done that 18 or 19 times in the years I've been here so it's been fun for our kids."
For the 2012 season, the Panthers once again appear to be very strong. The Panthers are a squad of talented seniors with good juniors behind them. Coach Mallett said there are no starters on the Panthers team, there are players because everyone contributes.
A key to the Panthers success is up front with four, three-year starters on the offensive line. Stockton Mallett, 6'3", 305, is being recruited by Central Arkansas and four or five D-1 schools. On either side of Mallett, you'll find solid linemen with Friday night experience: Korbin Duffy, John Treat, Ethan Bean, Colt Wilson, and Trent Middleton.
The talented line will be protecting for a new group of running backs and a pair of quarterbacks looking to take the reigns. On the outside, the Panthers have a duel-threat with Anthony Vickers and Chris Sheehy.
"They're not taking anything for granted," Coach Mallett said. "We won eight-games; that's good for any high school program. Is that enough for them? Are the seniors satisfied? I won't coach them that way."
A perennial favorite to make the postseason from the Ozarks, Coach Mallett says old-fashioned, hard work is what makes Yellville special.
"We challenge the kids and the coaches to be better everyday," Coach Mallett said. "If we get better every week, we'll be hard to beat at the end of the year. Our kids have challenged every day in practice to outplay the one they line-up against. Guts and heart, 'how far can you go?"
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