BRUSLY, La. (WAFB) - Friday, June 21 is 10 weeks from the return of Sportsline Friday Nite and its 30th year and it is the day Sportsline Summer Camp followed the progress of Hoff Schooler and his Busly Panthers.
It starts up front on defense for the Panthers, where every starter is back. And, big Jamauri Bridgewater, a wide receiver, has joined the party.
In the spring game against Albany, many of the Panthers’ seniors showed up, including linebacker Kyle Parker, who will team with his brother, sophomore Khalil Parker, behind that experienced defensive line.
Senior quarterback Nick Penell will lead the offense behind a much more physical front. The Panthers have moved to a flex bone attack and their other quarterbacks can fit in at other positions to give a team that was 5-5 a year ago a better chance against perennial powers like Parkview, West Feliciana, and U-High.
The Panthers have spent the offseason installing the new offense. Penell, a three-year starter, is one of 14 seniors for Schooler, who begins his third season as head coach. Bridgewater is looking to become a two-way player by making big hits as a defensive end. After one of those in the spring game, he was congratulated by Penell, who also plays on that side of the ball.
Senior Aaron Williams illustrated the push up front by the defensive line with a quarterback sack, but Schooler said there’s lots of talent behind that defensive line, too. In addition to the Parkers at linebacker, there is senior safety Grant Watts in the back end. Wrestling coach Jimmy Bible has been added as a defensive assistant.
Last year’s team was in every game at halftime, but couldn’t finish in the third and fourth quarters. The Panthers are looking to change that this season.