BRUSLY, La. (WAFB) - The Brusly Panthers are stop No. 32 for Sportsline Summer Camp as part of our tour around south Louisiana high school football.
The Brusly Panthers may have had one of the most surprising playoff runs in all of the state of Louisiana in the 2019 football season.
As a No. 24 seed in Class 3A, they defeated the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds on their way to a quarterfinal appearance.
These are exciting times at Brusly off the football field as well. Everyone is ready to move into a brand new school this fall, which will feature a new academic center, gymnasium, football facility, and much more.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” said head coach Hoff Schooler. “This community deserves that facility for their kids and the kids to come. This community is second to none - the commitment they have to our kids as a whole.”
“We have the best community in the district,” added safety Brayden Veal. “They’re always looking out for us, making sure we have everything we need.”
It was the greatest football season ever for the Panthers, making their farthest push in the playoffs.
“Midway through the year, we’re sitting there 2-5,” said Schooler.
“We had a rough patch in the beginning, but then, we all started coming together. I feel if we come together early, we can all make it to that place we want to go,” Veal noted.
“Believe in each other, put in the work, especially that one - put in the work,” explained offensive tackle Bryson Walker. “Focus. Come to practice every day. Everything that makes a good football team.”
Star dual-threat quarterback Chris Penell has graduated and moved on but there are nine starters are back on offense, including senior running back Josh Wesley, who broke Norman Lejeune’s single-season rushing record last year, going over 1,700 yards.
“I think you look at the people that are playing in the dome and winning in the dome, they’re third round or better and they’re accustomed to the intensity and how things are ramped up when you get to those weeks. And that’s the big thing for us. Can we consistently do it over and over again? You need to consistently be a Thanksgiving or better team to get to that point,” Schooler pointed out.
And with six starters back on defense, Brusly hopes the road indeed leads to the dome.
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