It didn’t count in the win-loss column, but last Friday’s scrimmage against the Dunham Tigers was a good barometer for where the Brusly Panthers are at this point in the season, according to Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler.
The scrimmage format consisted of a set amount of plays for each team, followed by situations and it concluded with a 20-minute running clock.
“I thought our guys came out and played pretty well,” Schooler said. “We were able to get a lot of good things on film. We saw a lot of effort out there. It was a good test for us. Dunham is a good team that is well coached.”
Friday was the first opportunity for the Panthers to display some of the new offense that team has implemented over the offseason and like with most new things, there’s some good and bad.
“The offense did a good, we just have to take better care of the football,” he said. “(Nick) Penell’s doing a good job with the offense. We have to be ready to take the next step as we move forward.”
In addition, the coach said he was able to see some things from a lot of younger players who hadn’t played much last year.
“We had a lot of young guys who were able to get some quality reps against a quality opponent,” he said. “We’re throwing them into the fire, but they’re ready. That’s how it goes.”
The list of things Schooler said he wanted his team to improve on before this Friday’s jamboree against Plaquemine included taking care of the football on offense and being better tacklers and flying to the ball on the defensive side.
“The most important thing for us heading into next week (jamboree) is focusing on ourselves getting ourselves ready for what we need to do.”
The Panthers will face the Green Devils in the jamboree at Plaquemine with the junior varsity squads slated to kick off action at 6 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7 p.m.