With new coach on board, Panthers should do better than last year's 4-6 season

Class 3A Brusly High Panthers’ head coach Hoff Schooler believes his team is going to improve its mediocre 2017 4-6 season record and 2-4 in district play but he’s got a lot of young players on this year’s squad.  

“The 2018 team will be young with only 12 seniors,” he said. “With a tough district schedule and two 5A schools on the non-district schedule, this young team will need to come together quickly.”

Schooler said his younger players will bring experience, despite their youth, because the ones who were freshmen and sophomores last year got game experience during his first season at Brusly.

On offense, the Panthers are unpredictable with multiple sets and the Brusly squad will have last year’s quarterback Nick Penell under center again. 

The Panthers also have three offensive linemen retuning, including last year’s standout DeAndre Richard, so their offense is almost sure to be more potent than it was in 2017.

Defensively, Brusly’s Panthers will be let by Grant Watts and Conner Sorrell, both returning to the team’s secondary. The D-line can be expected to be solid this year, with defensive lineman Marlon Wilson and linebacker Kyle Parker returning to their positions from last season. 

On special teams, both kickers are returning juniors, Nathan Landry and Will Anderson. 

The 2018 season can hardly be called a “rebuilding year” with 20 returning lettermen and 11 of last year’s starters – six on offense and five on defense.

(This article is a preview of a special tabloid the Plaquemine Post South in cooperation with the Gonzales Weekly Citizen will publish and distribute later this month, "Inside the Locker Room." The Post South will provide information on the football teams in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes while the Weekly Citizen will cover the plethora of teams in Ascension Parish.)