2019 was a forgettable season on the West Side. For the first time in 21 years, Reitz suffered a losing season.
"It's not good, none of us like looking back on last year. With the team we had that record does not symbolize what we were. We showed at the end of the season some sparks of how we could actually play. If only we'd have started that way earlier the entire season would have went a lot better, said Reitz Senior LG/C/NT Conner Alford
"It was also the team because sometimes we just weren't getting along together, we weren't playing as a team and practice was a little sloppy last year so, we're getting better this year," said Reitz Senior RB/FS Ty Burns.
The Panthers believe better days are on the way, as they are now led by a familiar face, 1997 grad Cory Brunson. The former panther served as the team's offensive coordinator for the 2009 championship team.. And is bringing his winning ways home.
"Growing up, I've been fortunate enough to have a lot of family play here. I played here, I've coached here before, it's where I grew up so it was always a goal to try to come back and be a coach here. I'm fortunate for the opportunity, I'm very blessed and I'm definitely excited to be back here," said Reitz Head Football Coach Cory Brunson.
"It brings in a veteran and our confidence will be skyrocketing because he will tell us things we didn't even know at first," said Reitz Senior WR/CB Malachi Joy
For Reitz to flip the script in 2020..
They will look to improve a defense that gave up just over 24 points a game.
"We're going to have to cooperate and just talk and communicate during the game, communication is really important and to the group. We've just got to play with our heart and play with 100 percent, even if you fail, it's 100 percent," said Burns.
"They've done a great job, they've worked hard. I think they're doing the things to have a successful season," said Brunson.