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BATON ROUGE- Following a 8-3 campaign in 2017, Plaquemine Head Coach Paul Distefano is tasked with trying to find a quarterback in to lead his offense.

With both Dontavious Wicks and Tre Leblanc taking equal reps this spring, the quarterback job hasn't seen much separation.

As for who will be protecting the starter, Distefano believes his offensive line will be the strength of his team as he returns everyone up front.

"We don't have that star power that we've had in the past but that's okay," said Distefano. "We have a solid offensive line. They're all 5'11" to 6' 1. They're all very good high school football players. We're excited about the fact that the learning curve for the offensive line is ahead of the rest of the team.

That experienced offensive line will have to open up holes for returning running backs Melvin Mclay and
Earl Young.

On the defensive side, the team will be implementing a 3-4 defense, taking advantage of 4 year starters O'Darious Jackson and Zane Bouvay.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Brusly Panthers http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-brusly-panthers-110452/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-brusly-panthers-110452/ Sports2 A Days Fri, 13 Jul 2018 8:02:53 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Brusly Panthers

BATON ROUGE, LA - After missing the 3A playoffs for the first time since 2010, the Brusly Panthers enter 2018 with 12 returning starters including quarterback Nick Penell who seems poised for a breakout season. 

With a year of growing pains now in the rear view, head coach Hoff Schooler is hoping year two at the helm produces more wins on Friday nights. 

"Last year Nick Penell (quarterback) takes the starting job in August and before that he'd never played football," said Schooler. "So, it was a learning curve every week for him. Now he's got that starting experience, some good and some bad. He's got film to learn from."

Offensively the Panthers return six starters, including several key players at the skill positions.

"I think you have a good group of running backs coming back and receivers that really gives us a chance to spread the ball around and get a lot of guys involved," said Schooler. 

On the defensive side, six starters return with a strength easily recognized on the back end. Brusly returns each corner and safety Grant Watts as well as both inside linebackers.

This year Brusly will be tested right out of the gates opening with the Sugar Cane Classic on Friday, August 31, against rival Port Allen.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Catholic High Bears http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-catholic-high-bears/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-catholic-high-bears/ Sports2 A Days Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:44:17 PM Michael Cauble Sports2-a-Days Preview: Catholic High Bears

BATON ROUGE- Coming off of a championship season, Catholic High Head Coach Gabe Fertitta is now looking to fill hopes on his roster after losing 24 seniors.

On offense 6 players are set to return, including both their center and quarterback, as well as most of their receivers. Where a big problem will lie is at the running back position where the load will be shared between a group of backs.

On the other side of the ball, Fertitta will deal with losing 3 linebackers, but will return 6 total defenders to help bolster their defense.  

Fertitta realizes that he will need to rely on senior coaches to navigate this post-champions hip season.

"Every year is a different year and every team is a different team. This is a different group of kids and a different set of expectations for them. We talked about that with our kids. You can get overwhelmed focusing on repeating, so we are out here today to be as good as we can today," said Fertitta.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: University High Cubs http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-university-high-cubs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-university-high-cubs/ Sports2 A Days Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:41:26 PM Michael Cauble Sports2-a-Days Preview: University High Cubs

BATON ROUGE- Coming off of a perfect 13-0 season and a Division II title, the University High Cubs are built to make another run at a state title returning many of last year's team.

Quarterback John Gordon McKernan and tailback Michael Hollins both return for their senior year to once again lead their high powered offense.

"I think we want to be a really balanced team. I want to be good at the drop back passing game. I think if we can improve ourselves there, with hopefully the running game, I think that can make us an effective offense. Really what we have been focusing on is our drop back game," said University High Head Coach Mahaffey.

On the defensive end, the team will also be experienced as they return 9 players including linebackers Bryton Constantin and Jacob Burke.


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Sports 2-a-Days Preview: East Ascension Spartans http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-preview-east-ascension-spartans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports-2-a-days-preview-east-ascension-spartans/ Sports2 A Days Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:50:37 PM Michael Cauble Sports 2-a-Days Preview: East Ascension Spartans

BATON ROUGE- The East Ascension Spartans are improving with each passing year under head coach Darnell Lee.

Last season the team improved on their 4-7 record in 2016 finishing 9-3 last season. This season Coach Lee looks to build on last season's success by taking advantage of 14 returning starters.

Many of the returning starters come from the offensive side of the ball including four of five offensive lineman. Center Jason Wakefield will anchor their experienced line at center and returning running back Nick Massey will look to take advantage.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Madison Prep Chargers http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-madison-prep-chargers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-madison-prep-chargers/ Sports2 A Days Sun, 8 Jul 2018 4:43:58 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Madison Prep Chargers

BATON ROUGE, LA -  Former Glen Oaks and Southern University football player Landry Williams is entering year one at the helm, after accepting the full time job this January. Last season Williams served as the interim head coach, taking over for Mike Roach, who started the program and led the Chargers to a Class 2A runner-up finish in 2016.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to take over Madison Prep," admitted Williams. "The kids are really buying into the program that we're implementing on offense and defense." 

In their first year in class 3A Madison Prep finished below .500 and suffered a fair share of bumps and bruises along the way. This year the motivation and expectations have already sky rocketed. 

"Last year we were real young," said Williams. "This year we're playing a lot of young guys, mainly sophomores. But, the guys that are there have big hearts, the discipline is there. So, we're excited for the challenge."

On Offense the Chargers lose running back Tyrese Walker who was a home run threat every time he touched the football. Quarterback Arthur Davis returns, but not without some competition in the rearview.

"We have Arthur Davis, we also have Gicole Wright and an incoming 9th grader that's going to be good as well," Williams said. "So, hopefully they can battle it out and let the best guy win."

Williams said he's expecting big things from his defense, including three-star strong safety Bertrand Carrell who has 13 division-I college offers. 


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Port Allen Pelicans http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-port-allen-pelicans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-port-allen-pelicans/ Sports2 A Days Sat, 7 Jul 2018 5:54:20 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Port Allen Pelicans

BATON ROUGE, LA - The Port Allen Pelicans return just five starters from last years squad that went 3-8 and 2-4 in district play. Head coach Don Gibson will enter year two at the helm with plenty of youth and experience under his belt. 

"There is a lot of things we have to do from a coaching staff to make sure we get these guys coached up," said Gibson. "You would definitely like to have more than three seniors, but that's the hand we were dealt and we're not going to make any excuses."

After some trial and error in year one, Gibson had decided to strip all the numbers off the Pelicans' practice jerseys in order to create competition. 

One area of uncertainty will be at the quarterback position. Port Allen has two young guys with little experience under the Friday night lights.

Jacoby Howard and  Jeremiah Dehon are each pushing each other for the right to land that starting job. 

"It's good to watch two young guys that really know each other and grew up competing together," said Gibson. "So, they're doing a good job of supporting each other, but at the same time being competitive against each other."

Running back Edward Wilson will likely be the workhorse of the Pelicans offense, and already he's gained high praise from his head coach.

"Wilson, he's a guy that has a lot of potential," admitted Gibson. "I really look forward to watching him. He's a little bit of an unknown to everybody through out the district, but I guarantee once he gets going, people will understand his talent and his potential."


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Lutcher Bulldogs http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-lutcher-bulldogs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-lutcher-bulldogs/ Sports2 A Days Fri, 6 Jul 2018 5:49:24 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Lutcher Bulldogs

BATON ROUGE, LA - Three years ago the Lutcher Bulldogs were 3A state champions. Last year the Bulldogs took a step back finishing the year 4-7 after a bump in classification to 4A.

This season Lutcher returns quarterback Kolby Bourgeois which gives them plenty of hope to lead a dynamic offense built off spreading the football. 

"Last year earlier in the season we toned it back because we didn't want him to lose the game for us," said offensive coordinator Cory Bourgeois. "This year we are going to ask him to do a whole lot more. We're putting it in his hands, he's our leader and he's the guy that's going to carry us."

Defensively the Bulldogs return seven starters from a season ago and the secondary looks to be shaping up as one of the strengths of this team. The biggest concern remains upfront on the line with depth presenting some challenges for Lutcher.

"We've seen them a few times go head-to-head and the defensive secondary can be pretty good," said Bourgeois. We played plenty of guys last year in the secondary that got reps and some quality experience.  This secondary is really good. We're transitioning to a 3-4 front rather than a 4-3 like we played last year. We need some lineman that can show that they can handle varsity football."


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Parkview Baptist Eagles http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-parkview-baptist-eagles/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-parkview-baptist-eagles/ Sports2 A Days Thu, 5 Jul 2018 5:45:41 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Parkview Baptist Eagles

BATON ROUGE, LA - Physicality on both sides of the football has been something Jay Mayet has preached ever since stepping foot on the Parkview campus. Last year the Eagles dominated district 6-4A, running the table with a 5-0 record and winning their 11th district title. 

In 2017 the Eagles triple option attack was run through quarterback Alexander Aucoin who rushed and passed for more than 1,000 yards each.

This year that won't be an option.

The Eagles graduated Aucoin and their stud tailback Connor Joffrion. This spring and summer Mayet has worked out three quarterbacks and expects the battle to extend into fall camp. 

"Our offense is a little bit different," said Mayet. You need somebody who can be a game manager and from our standpoint it's a little bit different in not turning the ball over. You know it's somebody whose going to check us into the right play and out of the wrong play. But, it's also somebody who can throw the football and is a good athlete that can run the football."

Colton Jumonville, Roman Mula and transfer Anthony Safford all split reps during the spring, but none created enough separation to land the starting job. 

"Colton Jumonville could've been quarterback last year, but he helps more on the defensive side of the ball," Mayet said. "We got a new kid Anthony Safford from Indiana who moved into Baton Rouge and Roman Mueller whose going to be a sophomore. We're looking at those three guys to see who can step up and play quarterback."
Offensively the Eagles return five starters including a pair of running backs that each saw extensive playing time last season. 
Defensively, Parkview will pride their hat on a big senior class to lead the way. The Eagles will need to replace an entire line backing core as well as find some depth on a defensive line that has some holes.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Denham Springs http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-denham-springs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-denham-springs/ Sports2 A Days Wed, 4 Jul 2018 7:06:27 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Denham Springs

BATON ROUGE, LA - Second year head coach Bill Conides called it the second best offseason he's ever been a part of. After a 6-5 campaign in 2017 the chips are all in and the expectations are high rolling into the upcoming season.

"Year two you're always going to be better because the culture is established and the kids know what to expect," said Conides.

Conides will return plenty of play-makers on offense, including all four wide receivers. DJ Williams will be the work horse and number one target for junior quarterback Luke Lunsford. 

After some trial and error in his first season calling plays, Conides said he expects the Yellow Jackets offense to be more 50/50 and balanced with the run game. 

"In Mississippi it was more get in the shotgun and try to throw it every down and let Brennan do his thing," Conides said. "This is a little bit different, we feel like we play in the best district in Louisiana and you've got to be able to run the football. So, we're certainly doing that and we're still going to throw it a lot. But, if we can be efficient in the run game, we feel good about our chances."

This season the Yellow Jackets will lean on Luke Lunsford to drive the high-powered west coast style offense. While Conides wants to get the most out of the run attack, the bread and butter of this offense will no doubt be relying on the arm of Lunsford to make plays down field. 

"He's got the size, he's 6'3" 200 pounds and can throw it," admitted Conides. "He's had a tremendous off-season. He's grown both in his stature and in his ability to play. I can't say enough about the kid, he's got a 4.0 GPA and can flat out play. All these guys believe in him, so I think we have something special at the quarterback position."


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Dutchtown Griffins http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-dutchtown-griffins/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-dutchtown-griffins/ Sports2 A Days Mon, 2 Jul 2018 11:07:34 PM Michael Cauble Sports2-a-Days Preview: Dutchtown Griffins

The Dutchtown Griffins are a much stronger team, both mentally and physically according to their head coach Guy Mistretta.  Now in his second year as the head coach of the Griffins, Mistretta says the year together has helped his team get a better understand of his expectations and he has a better feel for what his team is capable of in the 2018 season.

A 7-5 finish to their 2017 season saw the Griffins win a playoff game over Slidell, and tied for third in district 5-5A.

There are four starters back on each side of the ball for Mistretta in 2018 and his offensive backfield has three of them including quarterback Dray Monroe who's come a long way despite just four starts at the tail end of last year. 

On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Hayden Willis and corner Jordan Jackson will lead the way.

Coach Mistretta says the team has depth, however it's unproven depth so he's hoping that if the leadership comes together from the offensive and defensive lines his team will have a successful season in the Fall.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Livonia Wildcats http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-livonia-wildcats/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-livonia-wildcats/ Sports2 A Days Sun, 1 Jul 2018 6:21:31 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Livonia Wildcats

BATON ROUGE, LA - The Livonia Wildcats are looking for a rebound season in 2018 after missing the 4A playoffs a season ago. Last year Marc Brown's team had a flat tire out of the gate dropping six of their first seven games including a six-game losing streak.

 "A 3-7 season taught us a lot of about what we need to do to be successful," said Brown. "So, it's really been a breathe of fresh air how they've been working together. I'm really really pleased with how they've been going about their business."

The attitude and camaraderie has lit a fire in the seniors who are ready to bring back a winning tradition to Livonia. Not long ago in 2014, the Wildcats endured a 15-0 season. 

Offensively Livonia returns five players back on offense including senior quarterback Kerri Wells. The duel-threat QB has quick feet and the ability to escape the pocket and throw on the run. He'll have a pretty nice combo in the back-field with running backs Jordan Bailey and Charles Harris set to take on the majority of the work load.

On the opposite side of the ball, Livonia returns nine guys on defense. The biggest problem will be depth on both lines. 

"I think we may have some two-way guys there," said Brown. Other than that, I think it's depth. But, strength and conditioning will take care of that and we'll go far with it."
The Wildcats will open their season August 24 against Port Allen. 


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Hammond Tornadoes http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-hammond-tornadoes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-hammond-tornadoes/ Sports2 A Days Sat, 30 Jun 2018 7:00:24 PM Mike Gaither Sports2-a-Days Preview: Hammond Tornadoes

HAMMOND, La - After back-to-back frustrating 1-9 finishes in the regular season, the Hammond Tornadoes are finally ready to turn the page and create a winning culture at Hammond High. Steve Jones enters year two at the helm after coaching 27 years at the high school level in Mississippi. 

Former Southeastern Lion head football coach Ron Roberts' son Ryan will most likely lead the offensive unit after starting four games at quarterback last season. He'll be protected by a completely green offensive line that has five new starters up-front. 

Jones said with a younger group quickly filling the holes on the offensive line, he's hoping they'll be a much  quicker unit to create holes for the skill guys to make plays in space.

"We lost our entire offensive line, but we've got some pretty good kids from the freshman team coming up," said Hammond head coach Steve Jones. "We were big upfront last year which really hurt us, we were slow. We've got a lot more quickness, we've got some pretty good running backs and we're putting the pieces together. We're a pistol, misdirection type of offense." 

Defensively the Tornadoes return ten of 11 starters back on defense which has quickly become the strength of the team. Strong Safety Tyrone Lewis anchors down the top of the defense with a shut-down corner like mentality. Lewis also has offers from more than 20 division-I programs. 


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Episcopal Knights http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-episcopal-knights/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-episcopal-knights/ Sports2 A Days Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:16:09 PM Reggie Chatman Sports2-a-Days Preview: Episcopal Knights

The Episcopal Knights are looking to rebuild after losing 16 seniors last season.

Head Coach Travis Bourgeois is working with what he has as he does return 3 starters on offense. They will have to replace their starting quarterback Kade Edenfield who helped lead his team to a 9-3 record last season.

On the defensive side of the ball, 4 return including 2 linebackers that Coach Bourgeois will be standouts on this team.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Live Oak Eagles http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-live-oak-eagles/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-live-oak-eagles/ Sports2 A Days Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:21:46 PM Michael Cauble Sports2-a-Days Preview: Live Oak Eagles

BATON ROUGE - The Live Oak Eagles put together a five game winning streak at the tail end of the 2017 season and now in 2018 they hope the lessons learned and the confidence gained from that run will pay off once more.

Head coach Brett Beard has 11 starters back with a majority of them on the defensive side of the ball.  Beard credits his middle defense including linebackers Blake Robinson and Gabe Kimble as a strength of this years club.  Defensive tackle Payton Johnson will also set the tone for a defensive line that along with Jalen Lee will be formidable. 

On offense, senior quarterback Sal Palermo and running back Kee Hawkins will have to be quick and smart as the Eagles replace their entire offensive line. Coach Beard and staff are installing portions of a triple-option attack to help Palermo in the passing game, an underutilized aspect of his game last season.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Dunham Tigers http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-dunham-tigers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-dunham-tigers/ Sports2 A Days Wed, 27 Jun 2018 7:54:03 PM Michael Cauble Sports2-a-Days Preview: Dunham Tigers

The Dunham Tigers are looking to capitalize on a successful season in 2017 with a large senior class returning to lead the way in 2018. 

Neil Weiner's Tigers were 6-0 in district 7-2A and made it to the second round of the playoffs, but with as many as 16 starters back for the upcoming season the Tigers are looking to make the most of their experience.

Derek Stingley, Jr., who is regarded as the best player in the state of Louisiana, will play both corner and be featured more prominently offensively for the Tigers as they will be replacing quarterback Mike Williams who was a focal point of the offense a season ago.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: West Feliciana Saints http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-west-feliciana-saints/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-west-feliciana-saints/ Sports2 A Days Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:08:38 PM Michael Cauble Sports2-a-Days Preview: West Feliciana Saints

The West Feliciana Saints are reloading after a successful run to the 3A State Title last season. 

Head Coach Robb Odom will have to get a roster full of new players up to speed in the offseason after losing 20 athletes from last years team, ten of which signed on to play college ball. 

The Saints will lean on their running back position and tailback Clayton Howard on offense as they break in a new quarterback. 

The defensive side of the ball will be lead by their linebacking corp and returning inside linebacker Ryan Cotton while their defensive front gets going with new players. 


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Zachary Broncos http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-zachary-broncos/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-zachary-broncos/ Sports2 A Days Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:16:40 PM Michael Cauble Sports2-a-Days Preview: Zachary Broncos

BATON ROUGE - The Zachary Broncos are returning 8 starters on each side of the ball and a wealth of experience that they are hoping helps them repeat as 5A state champions.

Coach David Brewerton says the work ethic handed down from class to class is what has enabled his program to continue to succeed and not become complacent with their accomplishments. 

This years Broncos will need to replace two linemen on each side of the ball as well as their starting running back, but Coach Brewerton feels that his teams experience will be the difference for his team if they want to repeat as state champs in the highest level of Louisiana football. 


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