Last season, his first at Bloomsburg, head coach Tony Russo laid the foundation for he hopes will eventually be a consistently successful football program. The Panthers finished 5-7 overall highlighted by a thrilling 16-14 win over neighborhood rival Central Columbia and a trip to the Eastern Conference Class A playoffs where they beat Halifax before losing to Schuylkill Haven in the championship game.
Bloomsburg returns six starters on offense including a very talented quarterback and wide receiver combo in Nick Anderson and Eric Faust who both started last season as sophomores. Anderson threw for 987 yards and 11 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. Faust caught 31 passes for 726 yards and 8 touchdowns, earning first team all conference honors. At running back Darius Green rushed for 575 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman. With those players returning, the Panthers could be very strong on offense if the line develop[s.
Russo expects his team’s defense, which also returns six starters, to be improved with the experience having played last season in his system. Eric Faust was also all conference on defense.
Look for Bloomsburg to be very competitive this season. The Panthers will compete in the Heartland Conference Division 3 and District 4 Class AA.