Brusly gets its first progress report for the 2013 season this week.
Brusly hosts Broadmoor in a scrimmage at 6 p.m. Thursday at Panther Stadium.
The contest marks the first full-gear contest against an opposing team this season.
The Panthers face Fontainebleau in the Live Oak Jamboree Aug. 30 in Watson.
It’s something the team anxiously awaits, coach Erik Willis said.
“We’ve had some good practice days, but the kids are ready to go against someone else,” he said. “They’re ready to see what they can do, and this should serve as a good test. “
Brusly faces a Broadmoor squad that heads into the 2013 season eager to top its showing last year.
The Buccaneers finished the 2012 season 4-7 under longtime coach Rusty Price. The road may not be much easier for the Bucs, who have moved back to Class 5A.
Willis expects a much-improved Buccaneer squad will battle Brusly.
“This is a great test,” he said. “We’ve been going at each other for a month, and Broadmoor will give us a good idea of where we stand.”
The Panthers have looked solid throughout the 2013 pre-season drills. Willis was particularly impressed with junior outside linebacker Austin Watts, as well as senior running back Sam Williams, who also splits time as an outside linebacker.
Morale has been upbeat the entire summer, Willis said. But the team has still seen some setbacks.
Those pitfalls have come in the form of injuries.
Backup quarterback Evan Daigle will miss six weeks due to injuries, while teammates Landon Andre and Caleb Dupont may both miss the season because of torn ACLs.
“We’ve had the ACL bug,” Willis said. “I’ve never had it at all here at Brusly and only one time during my years at St. John. Knock on wood, I hope we don’t see it again.”
On a brighter note, senior standout Kwanston Askins is expected to return to action for the season opener against St. John. A shoulder separation he suffered during a baseball game sidelined him throughout the summer workouts.