Schuck on a Truck: Central football seniors discuss playoff atmosphere and tradition

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CAMP POINT, Ill. — Playoff week is in full swing, which brings a new intensity and vibe to the Camp Point Central football team’s weekly preparations. The Panthers open the Class 1A playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday at home against Bridgeport Red Hill.

Central finished the regular season 9-0 and is the No. 1-seeded team in the south bracket. This is the Panthers’ 15th consecutive playoff appearance and the opportunity to get back to the state title game. Central was the Class 1A state runner-up last season, winning 13 straight games before losing to Lena-Winslow in the title game.

Three Central seniors — Drew Paben, Conner Griffin and Reese Wilkey — joined Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman on the tailgate of his pickup to discuss the playoffs, Central traditions and the caring nature of the coaching staff for this episode of “Schuck on a Truck,” brought to you by Shottenkirk Toyota.

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