Nov 14

Five Panthers named to Downtown Quarterback Club’s all-city team, Hape coach of the year

The Evansville Downtown Quarterback Club announced the 2016 all-city football team Monday, which includes six members of the Reitz Football team.

The five Reitz players, voted by their peers, are:

  • Joey Diekmann, linebacker
  • Parker Dierks, offensive guard
  • Elijah Dunham, wide receiver (also on last year’s team as defensive back)
  • Isaiah Dunham, defensive back
  • Cole Travis, offensive tackle

The sixth Panther named to the team is Reitz head coach Andy Hape. A former all-city player, he has been named the coach of the year after guiding the Blue & Gray to an undisputed city title.

Central’s Tor’jon Evans was named player of the year.

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Nov 12

East Central beats Reitz on final play, 33-27 #RFgameday

Updated Nov. 13 @ 5:28 p.m.

Local recaps have been added (see below).

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The Panthers lost a heart breaker Friday night, as East Central scored on a 37-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play of the game, giving them a 33-27 win and a regional championship.

The Trojans, 11-2, advance to the semi-state championship game, where they’ll host Roncalli (13-0).

Reitz finished 11-2.

Local media coverage

Full recap & stats available in PantherPlus membership area

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Nov 12

Important message to the Reitz Football team

This message is for the boys in BLUE:

Gentlemen, many of you may not know who I am. My name is Craig Prindle. I’m a graduate of Reitz, and your former announcer for 12 years.

My family and I moved to Florida this summer, but I’ve been following you all season because once a panther, always a panther.

This weekend you’ll be facing a foe that believes they can beat you.

A foe that think they are more talented than you.

A foe that believes they are just down right better than you.

However, you’ve got something that they don’t. You have that “R” on your chest. You play for Reitz. They are coming into YOUR house.  a house that was built by those before.  You MUST protect it! You have heart, dedication, commitment, unrelenting work ethic, drive, discipline, and the backing of not only the greatest fan base in the country but a nation behind you-The REITZ Nation.

There have been many Reitz teams before you that I’ve seen in the same situation, that have felt the same feeling that you feel, and have been underestimated the same way you have. And you know what? They dug deep, and they got the job done, and you will to. Because you have one more thing in common with those teams of the past- you’ve been preparing for a game like THIS,  your entire life.

You were raised to be a Reitz football player.

You were raised to overcome the odds and to silence those who doubt you.

You were raised to do the unthinkable, the impossible, to not give a damn how quick, fast, big, and talented the other team is.

Because as a Reitz football player you WILL find a way to win.

Because it’s in your blood, it’s in your heart, it’s in the way you were raised, and all of those components that have been growing inside of you lead up to this moment, and THAT gives you the advantage over them. THAT makes you better then THEM. THAT makes THEM scared of YOU. They all know to never underestimate a Panther. They all know you coming for them!

We all believe in you. We are all behind you. We all know you can win this football game. So get out there this weekend GET THE JOB DONE. protect our house! Bring home the trophy, and mark your place in Reitz football history, and go get em’ MIGHTYYYYYYYYYYY PANTHERS!!!!!!!!

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Nov 11

Da’Ziaun Sargent voted Week 12 Courier & Press Player of the Week

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Photo credit Mike Harp

Congratulations to Da’Ziaun Sargent, who was voted the Week 12 Player of the Week by the readers of the Evansville Courier & Press.

The junior running back carried the ball 24 times for 154 yards, scoring two touchdowns for the Panthers in their 52-7 sectional championship win over Harrison.

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Nov 10

Carter Schnarr voted Week 12 Home Team Friday MVP

Carter Schnarr races to the end zone during the Panthers' 52-7 win over Harrison last Friday night

Carter Schnarr, Home Team Friday’s Week 12 MVP, races to the end zone during the Panthers’ 52-7 win over Harrison last Friday night – photo courtesy Mike Harp

Congratulations to Carter Schnarr, who was voted the Week 12 MVP by the viewers of Home Team Friday.

The sophomore running back carried the ball eight times for 54 yards, scoring four touchdowns for the Panthers in their 52-7 sectional championship win over Harrison.

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Nov 07

PREVIEW: Panthers host East Central Saturday for regional title #RFgameday

Updated Nov. 11 @ 6:40 p.m.

WEOA will carry the East Central at Reitz Regional Championship game. Listen on 98.5 FM, 1400 AM or weoa985fm.com.

Courier article about Mahan added (see local media coverage below)

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The Panthers will go up against East Central this Saturday at Reitz Bowl for the Regional Championship.

The Trojans (10-2) were ranked No. 7 in the final AP poll of the season after winning the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference Division 4A title.

Head coaches
Reitz head coach Andy Hape, now 39-9, has never coached against East Central. He did, however, play against them in 1992, when the Panthers won in overtime, 28-21.

The Trojans are coached by Justin Roden, who is 34-16 in four years at the school. This will be Roden’s first meeting against Reitz.

Series history
Reitz leads the series three games to one. Every game has been for a regional championship.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Local media coverage

Panthers in the Polls (East Central in parentheses)

  • AP media poll: Class 4A #3 (Trojans are #7 in Class 4A)
  • IFCA coaches poll: Class 4A #4 (Trojans are #7 in Class 4A)
  • Gridiron Digest fan poll: Class 4A #3 (Trojans are #9 in Class 4A)
  • Massey ratings: Overall #12 (Trojans are #31 overall)
  • MaxPreps.com ratings: Overall #13 (Trojans are #35 overall)
  • MyIndianaFootball.com ratings: Class 4A #2 (Trojans are #5 in Class 4A)
  • Sagarin ratings: Overall #22 (Trojans are #43 overall)
  • PCS rankings: Class 4A #3 (Trojans are #7 in Class 4A)

Listen to the game

Class 4A Regional Championships (w/ AP rankings)

  • Lowell (8-4) at Hobart (10-2)
  • No. 4 New Haven (11-0) at No. 2 NorthWood (12-0)
  • Delta (8-4) at No. 1 Roncalli (12-0)
  • No. 7 East Central (10-2) at No. 3 Reitz (11-1)
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Nov 07

Schnarr, Sargent up for local media awards

Carter Schnarr and Da’Ziaun Sargent have been nominated for two of the local media’s weekly awards.

Sargent, who had, 22 carries for 163 yards and three touchdowns, is up for the Courier & Press’ Player of the Week while Schnarr, who had eight carries for 50 yards and four touchdowns, is a Home Team Friday MVP finalist.

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Nov 07

Isaiah Dunham voted Sectional Semifinal MyPantherTees.com Player of the Game

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Congratulations to Isaiah Dunham, who was voted the MyPantherTees.com Sectional Semifinal Player of the Game by the readers of PantherPlus.

The junior had three catches for 49 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers’ 34-7 win over Central.

Who should be Player of the Game for the Sectional Championship?
Only PantherPlus members get to pick!

This is Dunham’s first time winning the award. His image will be immortalized on t-shirts thanks to MyPantherTees.com, the poll’s sponsor. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Reitz Football team.

Buy this shirt now!

For a limited time, use promo code potg to get $2 off this shirt!

Want to get a t-shirt with your favorite player? Email us at info@reitzfootball.com.

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Special thanks to Mike Harp for allowing us to use his amazing photography for this fundraiser!

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Nov 04

Reitz defeats Harrison, 52-7, to win 16th sectional title #RFgameday

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Updated Nov. 5 @ 1:31 p.m.

Links to the local media’s game recaps (see below) have been posted!

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The Panthers defeated Harrison Friday night at Romain Stadium, 52-7, for the Class 4A Sectional 24 championship.

Reitz will host next week’s regional title game, as they take on East Central (10-2), who advanced by defeating Seymour, 52-8.

Harrison ended their season at 7-5.

Local media coverage

Full recap & stats available in PantherPlus membership area

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Oct 31

Joey Diekmann nominated for Courier & Press Player of the Week

 

Diekmann was voted by PantherPlus members as the Week 3 Player of the Game

Diekmann was also voted by PantherPlus members as the Week 3 Player of the Game

Reitz junior Joey Diekmann, who had 15 tackles in the Panthers’ 34-7 win over Central, has been nominated by the Courier & Press as a finalist for their Player of the Week online poll.

Congratulations to Joey and the entire Reitz Football team for a great win!

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