POWDERSVILLE — The Powdersville Patriots will take on the Palmetto Mustangs for their season opener tonight at home, and Coach Robert Muster couldn’t be happier about finally getting the season underway.
“I know a lot of local teams had their first game last week, but sometimes it can make you feel a little rushed. We were glad about having the extra time to get things squared away, but I’m anxious to get started,” Muster said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Palmetto might have had a 3-7 season last year, but Muster warns they’re not to be taken lightly.
“They’re (Palmetto) not the same football team. They’ve had a full year now with their coach and have become more accustomed to his way of doing things.” Muster added. “I had a chance to see them both on film and at some of the jamborees and they look very disciplined. I would expect to see a much improved team from Palmetto this year.”
The late start might have given Powdersville more time to prepare for the season, but it also left more opportunity for practice related injuries.
“We’re a little banged up, but we’re hoping to have everybody ready to go on Friday,” he said. “There’s one or two guys that I won’t know if they’ll play until game time.”
Player injuries are never a good thing, but it did give Muster a better chance to evaluate his backup players.
“We’ve got some depth there, and that’s a great thing,” Muster stated. “There are always going to be some things that you can’t control, but if we can keep everyone healthy, I think we could be looking at a special season.”
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.