Region 3-3A preview: Excitement surrounds Brainerd entering season

Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / Brainerd tight end Donivon Thomas, left, is one of the seniors on a team that will be counting on plenty of younger players to contribute this season.

Brainerd's football team may be stocked with young talent, but its first-year head coach will be counting on a player who has been around as the Panthers try to regain their footing in Region 3-3A.

Jeremy Ferguson returns at quarterback, and Martels Carter is glad to have him - even if it's just for one more season.

"We are going to lean on Ferg. He is a great senior leader," said Carter, who took over the program in late March after working as Brainerd's defensive coordinator last season under Stanley Jackson.

"Last spring, he helped direct our baseball program to some big victories. He has a strong arm, is quick and has improved a lot from last season. He is a guy who can really push us on the field."