The Brusly Panthers cruised to a 40-14 win at home over the Mentorship Academy Sharks Friday night.
The win was Brusly’s (5-4, 2-3) second straight win, which dropped Mentorship to 0-9.
“That’s not as good as we can play,” said Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler. “We’re about coming out playing hard being physical being tough and playing good clean football. We had penalties tonight, turned the ball over, busted coverages tonight. That’s not who we are. That’s not who we practice to be. That’s not who we work to be and we need to get it cleaned up. We have a good football team coming in here Friday night and we need to have our mind right and ready for it.”
Things started fast out of the game for Brusly. On the first play from scrimmage, the Panthers executed what looked like a toss-reverse-flea flicker that resulted in a 49-yard completion from Nick Penell to Jamauri Bridgewater that put Brusly at the Mentorship 10-yard line.
“It kind of got us going,” Schooler said of the trick play. “There wasn’t a whole lot of energy in the stadium tonight. I’m a little disappointed, hoping for a full house for our guys tonight, getting into the back end of the season and they deserve a full house. That’s what we’re hoping for next Friday night.”
Two plays later, Trevon Snearl took it in on a 7-yard run for the first score of the game.
Grant Watts picked off a pass on Mentorship’s first possession and eight plays later, Penell ran it in from 2-yards out to give Brusly a 14-0 advantage.
The Sharks cut the deficit to 14-8 on a 14-yard touchdown pass followed by a successful 2-point conversion.
Brusly responded with 19 unanswered points before halftime thanks to Snearl’s 31-yard run, Norman Lejeune’s 55-yard punt return and Penell’s 7-yard pass to John Leblanc to take a 33-8 lead into halftime.
Snearl scored his third touchdown with 8:12 left in the third quarter on a 15-yard scamper.
Snearl led the rushing attack with 68 yards on six attempts with three scores. Penell completed 7-of-9 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed three times for 27 yards and a rushing score.
Bridgewater had two catches for 55 yards.
Schooler said he was pleased with how his team’s passing game has evolved since the beginning of the season.
“It’s gotten better every week and it was better again tonight,” he said. “Had a drop or two and if it wasn’t for that, it would’ve been even better. If we’re going to throw the ball, we have to make sure we’re going to catch the ball when we get a chance.”
Brusly has another home game to close out the regular season with a matchup against Madison Prep (3-6, 2-3).
“We’ll correct stuff on film, they’ll be some things to correct,” Schooler said. “We’re going to correct it and get it right. Focus on ourselves this weekend before we move on to next week’s opponent.”