The Gorman Panthers are just a few weeks from starting their second season in 6-man football.

Head coach Brent Williamson’s team went undefeated in 2015 while playing an outlaw schedule. This year, the Panthers are in a district, and they can go to the playoffs.

The playoffs are definitely on their minds, too. Gorman is picked to win the district, and a target is painted squarely on their backs.  

“Every year is different, you know we have quite a few kids returning from last year,” Williamson said. “We’ve actually got 29 boys out this year. You know, expectations are always high. I think we’re picked first in our district. We’ve got something to play for this year, so we better be ready.”

“It’s a good feeling,” Panther Ismael Herrera said. “I mean even though we’re picked we’re still working for it, and we’re working to get deep.”

Danny Limon said, “Our expectations are very high. Our community has us up here, and the thing for us is coming up here we got to work for that. We’re not taking any team for granted. We’re playing game by game, pushing ourselves. It’s just a matter of doing it  or not, having heart.”

Four starters are back on both sides of the ball for the Panthers, and Ismael Herrera is one of those returners. He rushed for almost 1,300 yards in 2015.