Head coach: Lane Kirkland, 16th year
2015 record: 9-2 (lost 20-16 to Deary in the 1AI state semifinals)
Returning starters: 7
The Panthers have won three state championships in the last decade and have either made the playoffs or went deep in them in virtually every year of Lane Kirkland's 15 season tenure.
There's plenty of reason to believe the success will continue.
Last season, the Panthers comeback attempt against behemoth Deary in the state semifinals came up one possession story.
On paper, there's reason to believe the Panthers might be better in '16. While they lose three-year starters and standouts Joe Parke and Collin Whitby, they return the majority of its core from last season, including running back and linebacker Derrick Baird, running back and defensive back Kaden Koudelka, quarterback Toby Whitworth and linemen Nik D'Orazio and Chayton Castle.
Oh, and the Panthers have what looks like a fantastic crop of players who've waited their turn to make an impact.
With 31 on the roster, the Panthers have significantly more depth than they did last season.
"We have lots of players with great tackling skills and savvy for the ball," Kirkland said.