PIGSKIN PREVIEW 2022: Dr. Phillips High School

The Panthers first game will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 vs. Lake Minneola.

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Perennial powerhouse Dr. Phillips High School is always an exciting team to watch, and head coach Rodney Wells expects that to continue this year.

“Here at Dr. Phillips, we set a standard that we are going to be in the hot, every single year,” Wells said. “I think we’ve got a great group of seniors to get us back on track.” 

With a realigned district, the Panthers will face a new foe in Ocoee High School. The coaching staff also overcame a few changes, including Riki Smith — who left to become the head football coach at Windermere High School. 

“(He) had been with me for 15 years,” Wells said. “He’s like me; that’s going to be hard.” 

Some players to watch for during the season are Nathan Burke, Payton Kirkland, Tyrone Sapp Jr., Adam Guzman and Justin Stith.



Andrea Mujica

Staff writer Andrea Mujica covers sports, news and features. She holds both a bachelor's degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. When she’s not on the sidelines, you can find Andrea coaching rowers at the Orlando Area Rowing Society in Windermere.