LORANGER, LA (WAFB) - One Baton Rouge school that certainly knows how to make a big entrance during home games is gearing up for the 2016 season.
The Loranger Wolves are back after last year's 6-6 campaign that saw the Wolves reach the second round of the playoffs before losing to North Desoto.
"We're just trying to get our name out there, because people can't even get it right," said senior Evan Johnson. "They call us Lor-angur. It's Loranger. So we want to put our name out there."
The Wolves certainly got a good highlight out there during a recent 7-on-7 workout against Lake Area New Tech from New Orleans with a pick 6 and a somersault celebration.
Demetrius Hookfin, the son of the former LSU defensive back, returns at quarterback for his junior season and is certainly capable of throwing a pretty deep ball.
Hookfin should enjoy firing away to six-foot-three, senior wide receiver Jabari Costen, who has received scholarship offers from schools like Ole Miss, Missouri and UL-Lafayette.
Head coach Sam Messina is entering his 14th year at the helm. He is looking forward to enjoying a nice season with his returning players.
"We have a lot of experience coming back, but we also have some youth in spots. I think it's a good mix, but one thing we do have is we're battled tested," Messina said. "This group of seniors has been to the playoffs four years in a row. They've competed at a high level, including moving up last year from 3A to 4A. We finished the year strong and we expect to build on that."
"It's more than just a team. It's a family," Johnson said. "We're with each other more than out real family. I'm with these guys every day, so I just love them all. We're just a family."
"We're a family. We play hard every game. We work every day," Hookfin said.
After making it to the second round of the playoffs four years in a row, the Wolves are hoping a talented and experienced group of seniors helps them to take the next step.
Loranger made its share of plays in a spring game matchup with defending state champion Lutcher.
"We have the same goals everyone else has. If you're not competing for a state championship from the beginning, you're not really competing hard," Messina said. "We break our seasons into regular season, district and playoffs. We want to take it one step at a time through that. Take it week by week, but our ultimate goal, like everyone else, is to compete at the state level. But you have to make it through the first 10 weeks of the regular season to do that and that's what we're working to do."
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