Posted: 6:51 pm Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Note: Welcome to the PBGametime 2010 Spring Football Tour! Over the next two weeks, we’ll visit area teams, meet some of the top players and answer the most pressing questions. Today’s stop is Dwyer, where the Panthers begin their road toward another title.
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Dwyer might never match the dominance it displayed in 2009, but the Panthers still have enough talent to win a championship this fall.
They return three big stars in QB Jacoby Brissett, TE Nick O’Leary and DE Curt Maggitt. O’Leary could be the No. 1 tight end recruit in the country, Maggitt is the top prospect on The Big Board and Brissett is the area’s best returning passer.
Brissett completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 2,212 yards and 25 touchdowns against seven interceptions last year. He hit O’Leary five times for 106 yards in the 2009 state title game.
Maggitt is recovering nicely from a torn left labrum, though he has not participated in spring practices. Last year, playing injured, he led Dwyer with 13 sacks.
Maggitt said earlier this month he felt ready to rejoin his teammates on the practice field, but Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said he wants him to wait until summer.
Dwyer also brings back DB Darrell Hunter, DL Keith Bowers and LB Leroy Kelson.
The six returning starters from 2009 could fill nine first-string spots, and the Panthers will benefit from playing many of their back-ups in blowouts last season.
Dwyer also has kicker and second-string quarterback Bobby Puyol back this year. Puyol is one of the area’s best when it comes to kickoffs for touchbacks and is reliable on field goals, too.
Dwyer’s spring game is Friday at 7 p.m. at Melbourne-Palm Bay. Palm Bay lost in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
One disappointment for Dwyer is that it will not visit Glades Central this year. The Panthers were scheduled to play in Belle Glade to open the 2010 season, but have accepted an invitation to start the year in Columbus, Ohio for an ESPN-televised game.