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Panthers ready to play in the Dome

June 23, 2005

Americus - Every team in Georgia has the goal of playing in the state semifinals at the Georgia Dome.

The Americus-Sumter Panthers hope to make two trips to Atlanta this year.

Americus-Sumter has moved their home game on the second week of the season against Tucker to the Georgia Dome.

The game will be one of four played on August 27th in the first annual Georgia Gridiron Classic.

The DeKalb County school system is sponsoring the Georgia Gridiron Classic in hopes of increasing funding for their athletic programs.

Americus-Sumter is the only school of the eight playing the inaugural classic that is from outside of DeKalb County but organizers plan to bring in other top high school teams from around the state in the future.

Americus-Sumter head coach Bill Clark says his players can't wait to play in the Georgia Dome.

Clark said "They thought that they had won the lottery. They were jumping around and the attendance at the next day's weightlifting in the spring triple and the excitement from the coaches got excited. The administration got excited. Just a matter of getting the message out to the community and we are ready to go."

Americus-Sumter will be the home team for the 5:30pm game on August 27th against Tucker at the Georgia Dome.

Advance tickets are 10 dollars and will be available soon in the Americus area.

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