2014: Bloomington South Panthers

2014: Bloomington South Panthers

Quarterback Bryce Stancombe leads an explosive Panther offense.

PREVIEW 2014: Bloomington South Panthers

Mo Moriarity made a return to Bloomington South last season. He had led the Panthers to a state title in 1999 led by Rex Grossman. He then headed to IU as an assistant and then Carmel before heading back to South. His first year back produced a deceiving 4-7 record. The Panthers lost five of those games by a touchdown or less. Graduation losses were few for Moriarity. OL Dillon Flynn, OL Elijah Drew, OL Guss Dajani, LB/RB Eli Eads and DE Drew Miller. The Panthers are loaded to improve their record with nine starters back on offense and eight on defense.

STANDOUT

Quarterback Bryce Stancombe had a breakout season for the Panthers. The 6-3 200 QB completed 177 passes on 286 attempts for 2163 yards and 24 touchdowns.

BREAKOUT PLAYER

Tight End Logan Kirby (6-5, 220) again should be a force after catching 22 passes for 245 yards last season.

TOP UNDERCLASSMEN

Sophomore Tommy Richardson is a running back and linebacker who had 94 tackles as a freshman.

SCOUTING THE: PANTHERS POSITION BY POSITION

QUARTERBACK

Stancombe is the state’s most underrated QB talent.

RUNNING BACK

Senior Tabin Breedlove rushed for 648 yards last season. Also look for Tommy Richardson and versatile Richard Williams (24 carries 154 yards) to also see time.

RECEIVERS

No other way to describe the Panthers receiving core other than loaded. Senior Keenan Franz caught 52 passes for 808 yards a year ago. Richard Williams (48-507) and Carson Lien (20- 303) also return. Don’t forget about Logan Kirby at tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINE

No lack of size here. Back at RT is Kamran Beitvashahi (6-4, 300), at RG Henry Niswander (6-5, 280) and Mark Nussbaum (6-3, 260) at LT. Leading candidates to fill out the line will be Dallas Martindale and Adam Brinegar.

DEFENSIVE LINE

If there is a weak spot here it is. The Panthers lost their entire two deep DL to graduation.

LINEBACKERS

A lot of experience back in the Panthers 3-4 defense. Tommy Richardson (94 tackles), Ryan Freeman (58), Tyler Richardson (42) and Devin Buchtman (42) all return.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Cornerback Thomas Henderson (76 tackles), SS Jacob Milhouse (23 tackles), DB Dillon Trimble (32 tackles), and Luke Barrow (45 tackles) all return with a lot of experience.

OUTLOOK:

The Panthers offense will again be explosive and should put up huge numbers led by Stancombe at quarterback. The key will be improving a defense that gave up almost 33 points a game.

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