Last year at this time, Brandon Ellis was getting his Gore Pirates ready to face the Panama Razorbacks at George Ollie Stadium in the non-district finale. This year, it's a 180-degree turn for Ellis.
Ellis, Panama's new football coach, will face his former team at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Gore.
“I'm excited,” Ellis said. “I'm fired up, and the kids are fired up for me. They know important it is to win — not only for them, but for me, also.”