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Central football starts fresh with new coach, young roster, but Panthers will be a Mid-Willamette contender before long

Here’s our look at the Central Panthers of the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference.
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By Bob Lundeberg

Over the next few weeks, SBLive Oregon will break down every 6A, 5A and 4A football team in the state in anticipation of a six-week season in March and April. Even if the season is postponed or canceled, we will continue to highlight more than a hundred teams and more than a thousand players in Oregon. Here’s our look at the Central Panthers of the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference.

CENTRAL TEAM PAGE

HEAD COACH

Joel Everett, first season 

2019 AT A GLANCE 

Overall record: 2-7

League record: 2-7, tied for seventh in Mid-Willamette

Playoffs: Did not qualify 

ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS DEPARTED 

K Omar Parroquin, first team

OL/DL Corbin Sedlacek, second team offense and defense 

TE Brandon Broadus, honorable mention

LB Trenton Cyphers, honorable mention 

PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Justin Girod, sr., RB/LB

Girod is a true do-everything player for the Panthers. He is a returning starter at running back, where he made honorable mention all-Mid-Willamette Conference in 2019. On defense, Girod was a second-team all-MWC pick at linebacker. He also is a standout punter. “Justin is one of the top tacklers on defense and will get a lot of touches on offense,” Everett said.