BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Capitol head coach Johnny Duncan said he expects his Lions to make a deep run in the 2A playoffs this year and he was pleased with their first taste of 7-on-7 this summer against teams like Southern Lab at a big tournament held at Broadmoor.
Duncan is convinced he's got talent. Receiver Keshawn Lee showed that in the spring game with East Iberville along with one of only five seniors on the roster, all-purpose athlete Devin Joseph. Joseph scored one touchdown on a nice run and then came back to score another as a receiver.
Duncan said expectations are high entering his third year as head coach, even though he's working in a 9th grader at quarterback.
Capitol returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense, even though just five of his 35 players are seniors.
"I expect us to go pretty far in the playoffs this year. We have a very, very tough district," Duncan said. "A very tough district with Madison Prep and Northeast and East Feliciana. So I mean you can't sleep on those guys. They are A-1 programs with great coaches. It's just awesome teams. So we have to be up and ready every Friday night to play those guys."
The roster does list senior defenders like Chris Duhon, at both linebacker and safety, plus DBs like Arthur Francis and Kyle Maxwell.
The Lions made the playoffs last year, even though they were 0-9 before beating Mentorship in the regular season finale, but averaged just 8 points a game and even fewer players for off-season workouts.
"The whole thing was for everybody to just come out with that fire and that drive to want to win early," said senior Chris Duhon. "Like we've got a consistent 26 or 30 at practice during the summer every day. Last year around that time it was probably seven or six. So the dedication has... it feels like football now."
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