Pastrick said they focused heavily on weight training and conditioning as they taught the incoming freshmen how he wanted them to play the game.
With 11 returning starters – seven on offense and four on defense – Pastrick said the team’s strategy and plan of action won’t see many changes from last season.
“We try to stay the course with what we do. I don’t know if there will be any major changes,” he said.
One thing Pastrick said he hopes to change is how his team finishes this season in regards to the playoffs.
“We’re not satisfied with just making the playoffs. That’s a different type of focus. They’ve tasted it and now they want more,” said Pastrick.
Finishing the 2012 season with a 6-5 record, the Panthers made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, losing to Johnson 32-23 in the first round.
If the Panthers want to make it to that point or further again, Pastrick said there are two things they have to do.
“Defensively, doing what you’re coached to do. Don’t question it. Trust that the coach put you where you need to be. Offensively, we have to be able to throw the ball better,” said Pastrick.
Along with that, Pastrick added that being physical also is necessary to advance in the postseason.
Making it through his first season, Pastrick said he is proud of his players’ academic success and said they come to work hard every day and try to do things right.
Head coach: Geoff Pastrick, second season as a head coach, all at Chapel Hill (6-5-0).
Key returners: DE Danny Williams, LB Jovan Citizen, LB Aaron Jeffries, WR MJ Rookard, OL Dameon Griggs, Ol Edwin Myles, QB Logan Johnstone
Last year: 6-5 overall; second in Region 4-AAA
Aug. 23 at Osborne
Aug. 30 at Douglas County
Sept. 6 Carrollton
Sept. 13 Bye
Sept. 20 at Rockmart
Sept. 27 Bye
Oct. 3 Callaway
Oct. 11 at Douglass
Oct. 18 BEST Academy
Oct. 25 Haralson Co.
Nov. 1 at Central-Carroll
Nov. 8 Jackson-Atlanta