The Van Alstyne Panther seventh grade Blue Team kicked off its season Sept. 12 with a 26-0 win over the visiting Anna Coyotes. “I was very pleased with the work of these young men in our first game,” said VA head coach Kenny Lamb. “Overall, I thought our fundamentals of blocking, tackling, throwing and catching were very good. The one thing that our coaches felt most pleased with was the aggressive play of the young men. As usual, we have things now that we can focus on to get better. I expressed to them that the most improvement usually comes between the first game and the second game. I also thought our kids up front on defense played really well. We are looking forward to playing this week against a very talented team from Gainesville.” The team’s parents appreciated the varsity football players that cheered from the sideline and encouraged the team.