The Northshore football team is undergoing significant changes as it heads into the summer. The Panthers, led by coach Bobby Sanders, bypassed spring practices to extend their summer schedule. With 19 seniors, the team aims to build on last year's playoff upset. New district alignments and several coaching changes, including the loss of defensive coordinator Austin Bellamy, define this transitional phase. Sanders is focused on strengthening both offense and defense to navigate upcoming challenges and aim for deeper playoff runs.

By the Numbers
  • 1 playoff upset last season (9-7 against No. 8 West Monroe)
  • 19 seniors returning to the team
  • 4 new coaches joining the staff
Yes, But

Replacing key defensive talents due to graduation will be challenging. The Fugate twins and cornerback Kyle Williams are significant losses, and their departures will impact the defensive lineup.

State of Play
  • Entering new District 7-5A
  • Tough non-district schedule includes John Curtis, Lakeshore, and Picayune
  • Mike Mutin takes over as defensive coordinator
What's Next

The Panthers will leverage their extended summer practice schedule to integrate new coaching strategies and develop their roster. They aim to capitalize on their senior leadership and prepare for a competitive season.

Bottom Line

Northshore football is poised for evolution with new coaching staff and strategic changes. The team's focus is on deepening its playoff run and overcoming the challenge of replacing key players.