Panther Creek's First Football Victory Shows Potential of FISD Teams

Panther Creek Football 2022The drills, lessons and routines at Panther Creek High School’s football practice this week were pretty much the same as last week. But there was a different feel as the players practiced Wednesday at Frisco ISD’s 12th high school, which opened in August.

“There are a lot more smiles this week,” PCHS football coach Clint Surratt said.

A victory will do that.

Panther Creek got its first varsity football victory on Friday (Sept. 23), when the Panthers rolled past North Dallas 50-9 at David Kuykendall Stadium. Next up for Panther Creek is a game on the road Friday (Sept. 30) against Wilmer-Hutchins, and it’s clear that the Panthers are hungry for another victory.

“It felt really great getting that win,” junior lineman Braedon Atha said, “but we’re not being content. We’re still pushing forward. Even though we don’t have a senior class, we still think we can be something great.”

Panther Creek doesn’t yet have seniors, which is the same for FISD’s 11th high school, Emerson, which opened in August of 2021. Emerson is having an exceptional season, with a 5-0 record entering its game Friday against Carrollton Creekview at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Emerson even debuted in the Dallas Morning News 5A area rankings earlier this month.

Panther Creek’s record is 1-4, but Emerson’s team played together last season as a junior-varsity team while Panther Creek’s players were at other FISD high schools.

Emerson and Panther Creek are both great stories, and in a few weeks, the pair could do something extraordinary by both making the playoffs in their first season of varsity play. Emerson, led by Coach Kendall Miller, is already 1-0 in District 3-5A Division II play, while Panther Creek is 1-0 in District 7-4A Division I play. (Here’s a rundown on the UIL districts for each FISD team).

“The players understand that they can be a really special team,” Surratt said. “We are focusing on ourselves and not the competition. We put the onus on ourselves and the ways we can improve. The effort, the execution, the way we work together and we support teammates. All of that can be seen.”

And all of that was seen before Panther Creek’s first victory. But it still felt good for the Panthers to celebrate after the game, and they’re looking forward to doing it many more times this season – and next season, because there are no seniors yet at Panther Creek.

“We just need to build on each week and keep improving,” junior receiver/linebacker Miles Meldrum said. “Keep getting better and the wins will come.”

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