Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

BROOKWOOD: Panthers Will Try to Build on Success

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

BROOKWOOD: Panthers Will Try to Build on Success

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BROOKWOOD | The Brookwood Panthers posted a 4-7 record last season, but won enough region games to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

"We don't have a lot of starters coming back, but we've got a lot of kids that played a lot of minutes last year," coach Ricky Bush said. "We've got some new kids that have come out that are very athletic. I expect that those kids will progress all the way through the year."

Seth Franks, now a sophomore, was a junior varsity quarterback who threw for more than 1,400 yards. When Brookwood went to Valley for a Class 5A playoff game, Franks started at quarterback.

"To do what we needed to do offensively we had to move our quarterback, Jake Bush, and put him in a situation where we could get him on the edge with the ball," Ricky Bush said. "It allowed us to put Seth in at quarterback. It didn't turn out the way we wanted it to turn out (a 56-6 loss), but when you look at things going into the offseason and you look at what was brought to the table it was an opportunity for us to change everything that we do offensively to suit the needs of the kids we've got.

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"It's going to allow us to have a run game, a screen game, a short game and a long game. It allows us to stretch the field in a lot of different ways. I'm really looking for our offense to progress through the year. I'm thinking that next year could be really special if we do what we need to do this year."

Anthony McCostlin will be the featured running back with Justin Carter backing him up. Other backfield candidates are Jay Buffer and Parker Bearden. Ricky Bush said Bearden can play at fullback and fill in as a backup quarterback.

Nate Craft, Caleb Franks (Seth's older brother) and Conner Rhodes are wide receivers.

"Nate's going to allow us to do a lot of things," Ricky Bush said. …

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