Jason Hiser always believed he could bring Pleasure Ridge Park back from tragedy.
The challenge was convincing prospective players to buy into the rebuilding process.
Hiser took over the football program at the Louisville school in 2009 after former coach Jason Stinson was charged with reckless homicide following the heat-related death of Max Gilpin the year before. Stinson was acquitted, but Hiser had to start over with a small staff and no junior varsity.
Two losing seasons followed before PRP reached the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Panthers went even further this year, going 14-0 and reaching their first state championship game before losing 61-7 to Louisville Trinity.
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