Asher finished in ninth place in the state for his performance on defense throughout the 2017 season and made the Class 3A All-State team in the linebacker position. He averaged 14.8 defensive points scored per game, amassing a grand total of 118 points for the season.
Asher averaged 6.6 tackles per game, with 45 assisted tackles and 27 unassisted tackles throughout the regular season. The linebacker also had three tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries.
Gallagher, a defensive lineman, ended the regular season in 31st place in the state, averaging 9.8 defensive points per game for a grand total of 78 on the season.
The lineman averaged 4.1 tackles per game with a total of 26 assisted tackles and 13 unassisted. Gallagher also ended the regular season with five tackles for a loss, two quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery.
Throughout the season, the Panther defense played an instrumental role for the team. As a defensive unit, Powell finished seventh in the state, allowing an average of 271.3 yards per game. For passing defense, the Panthers finished second in the state allowing an average of 68.5 yards per game through the air with three interceptions and five sacks. On rushing, the defense finished ninth, giving up an average of 202.8 yards per game while recovering eight fumbles and making 29 tackles for a loss.