CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Central's Sid Edwards has got 33 seniors back to play for the Wildcats in 2016.
In a couple of 7 on 7 sessions, senior quarterback Gabe Brown showcased senior receivers, like Joshua Hebert and Dontae Johnson, who team with guys like Chance Atkins and Darryl Lavigne, who are also seniors who showed great promise in the spring game against Comeaux.
Brown, who is a three-year-starter, seemed pretty comfortable in the spring game against Comeaux. He tossed a touchdown pass to Atkins on the first play of scrimmage, and the defense did some good things, like Kaleb Battiste elevating to bat away a Spartan pass attempt.
While the defense is supposed to be the strength of the team with eight returning starters compared to four on offense, linebacker Drew Harris said senior running back Xavier Lewis is another key team leader and play maker who could make a big impact if the Wildcats can overcome losing four of five starters on the offensive line.
"We pretty much have the same starters, except for the offensive line," said Lewis. "We have a lot of new guys playing o-line. We just have to find a chemistry between o-linemen. Get them to where we were last year."
Edwards' crew once ruled District 4-5A, but is now surrounded by some serious competition.
Harris knows every week will be a battle his senior year.
"Zachary's a good, well-coached football team, and they're highly respected just like everybody else in our district," Harris said. "You know Walker came out last year 5-0. We can't sit back and think 'Well it's the same old Walker.'"
"Scotlandville's program is getting better and better. Live Oak, Walker," said Frank Fresina, Central's assistant head coach and defensive line coach. "Every thing is improving along with Denham Springs and the tradition and the history they have."
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