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story.lead_photo.caption Magnolia sophomore running back Javorrea Murphy protects the football with both hands as he runs during a junior varsity game Monday night.

Other than a perfect start, the Magnolia Panthers are also experiencing something else different this season.

“Having an open date is different and we have been bouncing things back-and-forth on how we are going to handle it,” said Magnolia head coach John Panter.

He said his staff won’t be able to scout its next opponent because they have an open date as well.

“We’re still practicing and spending time on things we need to spend time on. The bottom line is we have two weeks to prepare for a talented Razorback team that’s coming in here,” mentioned the coach.

Regarding the team’s effort against Monticello last week, Panter said the offense’s only negative plays came from self-inflicted penalties.

“We shot ourselves in the foot many times,” he said, adding he wasn’t pleased with the 11 penalties for 95 yards.

The coach did praised those Panthers on the scout teams who worked hard in getting the starters ready to go.

“Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” he said.

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