The Panthers are in the spotlight this year.. But not for football.
"I want to thank you for the comments, phone calls, emails, texts, and online comments in support. They have been overwhelming and humbling and they are much appreciated," says Coach Mark Mariakis.
Coach Mark Mariakis and Ridgeland High School are the latest target of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
"The Walker County BOE feels we are in compliance with all federal and state laws," argues Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines.
The foundation maintains the school violates students' first amendment rights.. By praying at football games, church sponsored pre-game meals, and attending a religious football camp.
Raines explains "that is a christian camp but when Ridgeland High School takes over that camp they're only using the bunks, a place to sleep, a place to eat, and a place to have their practices. So, there is no religious activity happening at that camp."
Jeff Lamb is a youth pastor at South Rossville Baptist Church, one organization that feeds the players during pre-game meals.
"It's just a meal and a community support. Not just church but it's a community that supports our football team," says Lamb.
Coach Mariakis says right now his main focus is Friday Night Football but as for the players they're sticking to the team motto.
"As we say here in our football program, we have one mind, one heart, and one team," says Mariakis.