WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The West Feliciana football team has certainly been a powerful program, knocking on the Superdome door three of the last six years.
However, the Saints, who finished 9-4 overall last season, just hasn't quite been able to reach the state championship. As a matter of fact the West Feliciana Saints have made back-to-back trips to the semifinals, now hoping a possible third trip will be the charm.
"It's heartbreaking. We've done it three of the last six years, and it's heartbreaking. But you know what? We've had a great summer, and we're still hungry," said head coach Rob Odum. "We haven't been there and we want to be there. You've got to realize it's who's going to fight and do all the little things right to get there. And all you can ask for is a chance."
The Saints with some impressive offseason work lately, finishing as the runner-up in St. Amant's Big 7-on-7 tournament. Nearly 50 teams attended as West Feliciana came up just a little short to Warren Easton in the championship game.
"Takes no talent. Being physical to the whistle. Playing hard on every play. Being physical, take the ball. Little things. Not being selfish, play your game," said junior quarterback Davon Harris.
"They help build our character. TNT. That's one thing coach Rob Odum preaches is TNT," said senior running back Keondre Davis.
Odom is entering his 22nd year with the school, his 12th as the head coach. He said a pair of juniors, Derrick Turner and Davon Harris, are getting the reps at quarterback.
Odum said he wants the Saints to implement more of a down field passing attack. He still believes in the triple option offensively and said running the football and being physical will remain West Feliciana's overall offensive personality.
"But our kids know we like to get physical, and we think that's a part of the game that gives us a big advantage. A lot of teams are finesse now," Odum said. "We like the physical game and that's going to stay our game. Because our kids believe in that. Now we're going to work, made a promise to them we're going to stretch the field. And that's why we're out here working and just so proud of them."
"We want to beat every team physically and mentally. Make it to the playoffs, win every game, and we're trying to have a semifinal game at home," said junior quarterback Derrick Turner. "It takes it in the weight room. We work Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. It takes hard work and dedication."
"First it starts in the school. Make sure we get the grades we need. Make sure we make it to practice on time with our uniform," said senior running back and linebacker Ronald Sims. "The little things that take no talent. Know your assignment, know your role. Play your assignment and just be a ball player."
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