Posted: 4:02 pm Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Dwyer WRs Clint Stephens, Shawann Lurry expected to play in state semifinals 

By Anthony Chiang

The Panthers expect to be at full strength for the Class 7A state semifinals.

Despite leaving last week’s victory over Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas with lower leg injuries, Dwyer wide receivers Shawann Lurry and Clint Stephens are expected to play against Tarpon Springs-East Lake on Friday. Both players spent Monday rehabbing their injuries, but they returned to practice Tuesday, according to Panthers coach Jack Daniels.

Lurry hurt himself in the first quarter and returned to the game for one play, but he quickly returned to the sideline because of the injury. Meanwhile, Stephens left the game in the second half, limping off the field in pain and never returned.

In their absence, senior wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Ezra Saffold stepped up to combine for 15 catches and 274 receiving yards. The duo helped Dwyer score 35 points against a Raiders defense that entered the contest allowing just eight points per game.

But Dwyer will likely need Lurry and Stephens on Friday against an East Lake defense that has allowed just 83 points in 13 games this season.