DELTONA — Pine Ridge's seniors found their share of positives despite all of their football struggles last season.

Linebacker Derius May called the year a "learning experience in what not to do," while running back Chase Marsil is more than ready to look ahead.

"We've already seen the worst," Marsil said. "It's time to make up for it."

Pine Ridge finished 0-10 in 2018, outscored by a total of 405 points. The Panthers were the first local team on the field last fall, crossing state lines for a regular-season contest against Ware County (Ga.) during Florida's kickoff classic week.

They lost 62-0, the first of eight games in which they surrendered more than 30 points.

However, third-year head coach Kenny Pickens saw progress in the spring as the team lifted weights and trained almost exclusively outdoors. It resulted in an exhibition win over Taylor, one he hopes spurs the team toward a productive fall.

"(The change) is already implemented. We just need to do it on Friday nights," Pickens said. "You can go with work ethic, you can go with attendance, you can go with overall attitude and football IQ, all of it — it's a completely different mindset."

In order to compete in District 4-6A, which also features county rivals Deltona, Mainland, New Smyrna Beach and Seabreeze, Pine Ridge must find a way to light up the scoreboard. The Panthers' 51 points last year was their lowest total since 2012.

However, the team appears to have a building block under center in dual-threat Chaz Williams. The sophomore rushed for two touchdowns in the spring game and connected on a handful of deep throws.

"He's a very athletic, confident player," Marsil said. "He's not cocky when it comes to his position, but he will always put up a fight."

Marsil and Marv Dessources, a pair of downhill runners, are expected to shoulder the load on the ground. Dessources, who began last year on the junior varsity, adds a bit of shiftiness, Pickens said.

Defensively, May will be the focal point. Holding an offer from Savannah State, May recorded 100 solo tackles and made 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

"He's a guy who can cover and stop the run," Pickens said. "He's a leader who is positive with the guys. He's not out there for himself, he's out there for the team."

Pickens described the defensive line as "stout," expressing particular excitement about 6-foot, 280-pound freshman Rasheed White. Junior Najei Snyder and basketball standout Eli Jones will be two-way players at receiver and in the secondary.

May and Marsil hope the Panthers' large group of underclassmen are ready to step up and, more importantly, begin a true program turnaround.

"I just hope that, even after this year, they keep up with the good culture that we're trying to make for them," Marsil said.

AT A GLANCE

2018 RECORD

0-10

HEAD COACH

Kenny Pickens, third year

DISTRICT

4-6A

MARQUEE MATCHUP

Aug. 23 at Celebration. The Panthers will have a decent chance to start the new season on a positive note, facing a Celebration team that went 2-8 and allowed 318 points (53.0 per game) in its final six outings last fall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

1. LB Derius May. The senior was one of the most productive tacklers in the area last season, making 100 solo stops with 19 for loss.

2. DB Najei Snyder. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior notched three pass breakups and an interception and is counted upon as a leader in the secondary.

3. QB Chaz Williams. The dual-threat sophomore showed promise in a spring game win over Taylor, rushing for a pair of touchdowns.

2019 SCHEDULE

Aug. 23: at Celebration, 7 p.m.

Aug. 30: Leesburg, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6: Halifax, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: at Mainland, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Satellite, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: New Smyrna Beach, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: BYE

Oct. 11: Deltona, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: at Seabreeze, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: at Wolfson, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: at Tavares, 7 p.m.