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2018 Football Preview 8 n Wednesday, August 22, 2018 The Herald-Leader/Westside Eagle Observer into it. We're hoping he has a great season." Sophomore Gavin Henson (5-8, 120) should get lots of reps at Bandit during JV games. Junior Taylor Pool (5-11, 156), who also plays quarterback on offense, got a look at free safety during the spring and appears to have won the job. "Pool has been a big surprise and has been willing to do anything we ask as far as helping the team," Craig said. "He's a great communicator back there. He gets everybody lined up. He makes plays in the secondary for us. He's very versatile, very athletic and brings a lot to table." Senior Ian Williamson (6-1, 155) could also see time at free safety during varsity action. "Ian has done a good job this summer," Craig said. "He's been dedicated. He's definitely a kid we're depending on." Sophomores Keegan Soucie (6-1, 164) and Zane Bland (5-7, 158) could see time at free safety during JV games. At the cornerback spots, the Panthers have designated call corners and solo corners in their defensive scheme. "The call corner goes to the forma- tion," Craig said. Sophomore Camden Collins (6-0, 170) and senior Angel Noyola (5-4, 137) have been neck and neck in the spot for call corner, Craig said. "Cam is very long and athletic and has a lot of football savvy," Craig said. "He's a kid that we threw out there this summer and each week just kept getting better and better. He has good length. Being 6-foot makes it tough for QBs to get the ball over him. "Angel has put in a lot of reps and done a good job improving tech- nique-wise. He's shorter, but he's done a good job of defending the football and learning how to get the ball out of wide receivers' hands." Sophomore Elijah Coffey (5-6, 145) could see some work at corner, while sophomores Brayden Shirley (5-6, 110) and Brandon Williamson (5-8, 131) also could see minutes in JV work. Senior Primo Agbehi (5-9, 167) holds the distinction of being the fastest player on the Siloam Springs team with a 4.54 time in the 40-yard dash. He's also one of the Panthers' best corner- backs and he's slotted to man the solo corner position. Agbehi had 19 tackles and two interceptions. "The solo corner is man-to-man a lot of the time," Craig said. "He's got the most DB (defensive back) experience. He's had a really good summer and made a lot of plays on both sides of the ball." Senior Dillon Ferguson (5-8, 157) has shown good athletic ability and can also play corner, Craig said. "He just needs more experience," he said. Juniors Armando Munoz (5-7, 147) and sophomore Colby Mills (5-3, 105) also play corner. If the Panthers get into nickel and dime situations, they'll most likely call on Noyola to play the extra spot. DEFENSE Continued from Page 7 Bud Sullins/Special to the Herald-Leader The 2018 Siloam Springs Panthers open the season Aug. 31 at Pryor, Okla. Mon-Sat 11am-9pm 100 E. UNIVERSITY SILOAM SPRINGS 479.524.2828 28springs.com WE SUPPORT THE SILOAM PANTHERS! Come by and see us before the game! P ool has been a big surprise and has been willing to do anything we ask as far as helping the team. He's a great communicator back there. He gets everybody lined up. He makes plays in the secondary for us. He's very versatile, very athletic and brings a lot to table. Brandon Craig SSHS head coach on junior QB/DB Taylor Pool

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