After a tough loss to fellow 6-3A members University High, the Brusly Panthers had no time to rest. Instead they had to pick up the next day and begin making a plan for what could be and even bigger challenge this week – the 5A Central High School Wildcats (3-4, 2-1).
“Central is playing with confidence right now,” Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler said. Their quarterback (Brian Calhoun) was hurt early in the year, but he has returned to play in the last two games (both of which the Wildcats have won). Defensively they do a good job of running to the ball and playing sound defense.”
Schooler said that it does not matter that Central is a 5A school. All 11 Panthers on the field will need to outplay the Wildcats’ 11 on the field in every phase for Brusly to be successful, he said.
“We need to do a better job on the offensive line to possess the ball and control the ball game. With that, we need to change field position and give ourselves opportunities with a short field,” Schooler said.
“We will have to be disciplined in the back end to limit big plays,” Schooler said. “Up front, we need to continue to get better playing with our hands and be more physical than they are to slow down their run game.”
Central is a well-rounded team, according to Schooler. The team does a good job of spreading the ball around offensively, so his focus is on the entire team.
Going into the game this Friday, Oct. 13, at Central High School, Schooler has one message for his team.
“It’s important for us to understand that every game will have adversity. The way that we respond to that adversity goes a long way in determining the outcome of the ball game,” Schooler said. “We have to be mentally tough enough to overcome those moments in the ballgame and play with a positive mindset and a great effort.”