After two losses to open district play, the Brusly Panthers travel to take on the nationally ranked University Lab Cubs in Baton Rouge.
The Panthers (3-2, 0-2) are coming off of losses to Baker and West Feliciana. The Cubs (5-0, 1-0) defeated Zachary 49-27 last week. U-High has won 19 straight games dating back to the start of last season.
“They’re talented on both sides of the ball,” said Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler. “They take advantage of those talented guys. They are well coached.”
U-High quarterback John Gordon McKernan threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns last week. Running back Mike Hollins rushed for 148 yards and four scores last week as one of the leaders of the Cubs’ offensive attack.
At the receiver position, U-High relies on Christian Harris and Jordan Clark amongst others.
In order to get the win, the Panthers will need to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
In Brusly’s three wins, the Panthers have rushed for over 250 yards. Schooler said U-High is a tough opponent, but the expectations for his team are the same regardless of the opponent.
“I expect those guys to go out and be the most physical football team on the field,” he said. “We have the same expectations every week.”
The Panthers are on a two-game losing skid, but the coach said he doesn’t expect that to affect his team looking to avenge last year’s 56-12 loss to the Cubs in Brusly.
“They handle adversity fine,” Schooler said. “We’re still talking about going 1-0 each week. We’re not worrying about what happened last week. That mindset hasn’t changed for us.”