CRESTVIEW — Thunderstorms threatened as the Davidson Middle School football team took to the practice field Monday afternoon.


CRESTVIEW — Thunderstorms threatened as the Davidson Middle School football team took to the practice field Monday afternoon.



With the regular season less than two weeks away, Panther coach Chris Small wanted to take advantage of each opportunity he has to get his team on the field.



"I'm not so sure how we are going to be recordwise, but the kids are working hard,” he said. “We will try the best we can and let the chips fall where they may.”



The Panthers dodged most of the rain this summer as they practiced in the morning before most showers came. What rain did hit the team was a welcome relief that cooled things off.



Now that teachers are back on campus and students return next week, the Panthers are into the normal fall practice schedule that runs 2-4:30 p.m.



Davidson has about 60 players out for the team, which Small said is typical for the program.



The Panthers won't have much size on the line this year, so it's important that the skill positions of running back, quarterback and receiver have strong years.



"It's going to be our skill positions," Small said when asked the team’s strength. "That's definitely where our strength is. We are lacking on the big side on the line."



Even by middle school standards the Panthers could be young this year.



"We are going to have a lot of seventh-graders that are going to get a chance to play, and that's probably been the biggest surprise," Small said. “No one individual has been a surprise, but how many seventh-graders that may play for us has been a surprise."



Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at randyd@crestviewbulletin.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.