Coach: Brad Bowles, fourth season (17-19)
2017 Record: 9-4, 6-1 in So. Meck 7
Offense, 5: Defense, 6
The Panthers are coming off a nine-win season, winning five of their last six games and averaging nearly 42 points per game. The Panthers lost their starting quarterback, running back and some linemen, but they have the talent to keep the momentum going.
The Panthers have three impact players who will play a mix of receiver and running back. Caleb Ogunmola led the team in receiving yards and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Ideal slot man Patrick Bloomingburg led the team in receptions, and Will Kakavitsas can do a little of everything.
They will see plenty of action from whoever wins the quarterback battle between last year’s JV starter in Seoul Motley and Holland Stallings. There could be a dark horse candidate to start, as well.
Sophomore Jake Snapp and senior Nathan Mattar will split carries in the backfield.
Up front, Charles Charnock, Gavin Reeder, Jalen Brooks and Adam Boguski will anchor a young but talented line.
All-conference senior Jack Wilkes will join Jack Brown and Jake Henderson, who is expected to have a big year outside, at linebacker.
The secondary will be good with Kyle Mattar and Snapp, but the Panthers will need to find some more depth.
The defensive front will get good production from Reeder and Cameron Miller, although they need to develop a few more rotation players.
Eddie Czaplicki has a big leg and will handle the range of kicking duties. Playmakers Ogunmola and Snapp will share kick return duties, while the sure-handed Kakavitsas will likely handle punt returns.