BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The St. Michael Warriors are looking to bounce back from a touch 2015 campaign.
Despite just a 3-7 record in the regular season, the Warriors still made the playoffs, where they lost a lopsided game to Teurlings Catholic.
However, it's now time to move towards the 2016 campaign. The Warriors have been working hard this summer and feel they are ready to challenge the likes of Woodlawn, Livonia and Plaquemine in their district.
"I feel really good about where we're going into this year with some more season guys, some guys that have already been baptized by fire, said head coach Paul Varnado. "And again, hopefully we can stay healthy, so we can make a run, make some noise in our district."
"We definitely improved from the first week of 7-on-7. So if we keep this going on, I think we're really going to be good this season," said senior defensive back Brady Robertson.
The Warriors competed against the U-High Cubs along with Dunham and McKinley in some 7-on-7 action.
Junior Brandon Bourgeios, a basketball player whose mother didn't let him play football until recently, made some big receptions in the workout.
The Warriors' secondary made an interception on the ole tip drill, while also breaking up their share of passes.
After taking their lumps as a young football team, St. Michael now has a veteran squad with 21 seniors on the roster.
"Because last year we didn't have a lot of seniors with good leadership, but this year, we have a lot of seniors that can give us that presence of leadership and influence everyone else on the team," said senior wide receiver Kade Robillard.
"Well we've been friends all throughout high school. We all started freshman year playing both football and baseball, and we stuck to football," said senior wide receiver Scott Terrell. "Now we're all three returning starters. We have a great relationship together. We understand each other, and we work hard."
The Warriors also had 21 seniors two years ago, when team won nine games and enjoyed a very successful season.
"It's definitely a good thing. So hopefully we can relive what happened two years ago. That would be awesome for our last year," Robertson said.
Varnado said the guys are ready after learning the hard way last year.
"[We had] a bunch of new starters. I think that was a big thing. As the season went on, we started to find a much better groove, and those younger guys matured so much," Varnado said. "And hopefully we're bringing that maturity, barring any injuries, hopefully bringing that maturity into this season."
"We know we have a great group of guys coming back, and a lot of returning starters on offense. So I think we'll have a lot of depth, and I think we'll have a lot of success this year," said senior wide receiver Dwain Varisco.
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