The North Lamar Panthers started 0-2 in district and looked to be in trouble. Since then they have won two straight games. Part of that turn around is thanks to senior Dakota Grissom. His leadership on the defensive side of the ball has been instrumental in the Panthers rebound.
Dakota started playing football in his seventh grade year and he says this year’s team is like a brotherhood. He labels them as his “second family.”
If you watch Grissom play, you see how animated he is on the sidelines with his teammates.
”Coach Emeyabbi is on the sidelines hooting and hollering. It rubs off on us.” - Dakota Grissom
He also gives Emeyabbi credit for challenging them grow bigger together.
”This year, the relationship with the players is stronger. There aren’t any cliques here and there.”
As a senior, Dakota knows part of his responsibility is to help keep the other players positive and motivated on the team. That leadership will also be needed on the basketball court this year. Grissom is one of the returning players from last year’s Regional Tournament team.
Grissom has always attended North Lamar and his favorite subject in school is History. When he graduates, he would like to play ball for a college somewhere. If that doesn’t happen, he plans on joining the workforce to get into construction with his dad.
When Dakota isn’t on the field playing, he loves to hunt, fish and workout. He also hangs out with family and friends.