The St. Helena football program is coming off a 7-5 season that ended in the second round of the 2A playoffs.
The Hawks are bringing back 10 of 11 starters on offense, not to mention seven more on defense.
"We did lose a defensive end and also two linebackers that we need to replace on defense, however most of our team will be back, so we're looking to have a pretty strong season," said head coach Brandon Brown.
The team is taking aim at upper echelon teams like Amite, Kentwood and St. Thomas Aquinas who handed them three of the Hawk's four regular season setbacks.
"The schedule I'd say is going to be pretty easy for us. We've put in work. Sometimes we say we're tired but we still put in work," said junior quarterback Ricky Travis. "I've been to Alabama. I've been working on quarterback, working on my accuracy, footwork still trying to get some plays down pat. I've still been working on my accuracy a little more work on my footwork."
Brown said the 6-foot-4, pro-style quarterback is really coming into his own after starting as a sophomore.
"What I love about him the most that we have two more years with him. That's the best thing," Brown said. "He's been doing absolutely well for us. What I like the most is just the way he's stepping up, his attitude, the approach he's taking. He's taking more of a leadership role, which has been pleasant for us.
"We need some guys to step up and take that leadership role. Our class, you know the class we have two more years with a real good class, however it's time for those guys to step up and be leaders, and he's one of those that's been stepping up."
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