KENTWOOD, LA (WAFB) - The Kentwood Kangaroos are saying goodbye to their quarterback after making it all the way to the LHSAA State Championships last season.
The defending 1A State Champion, who blasted Haynesville 40-7 in the Superdome, will be with out Shyheim Carter who was a state championship MVP and a Warrick Dunn finalist.
Carter has moved on to the Alabama Crimson Tide as a defensive back after an incredible performance in the state title game, in which he playing on basically one leg after tweaking his knee the day before.
However, senior wide receiver Jaleel Hampton and other valuable offensive weapons have returned for the 2016 season. Hampton caught two touchdowns in the Kangaroos' state championship route.
In spring game action, junior Jarmaqua Diamond stepped in as the Kangaroos' new quarterback against the Parkview Baptist Eagles and West Feliciana Saints. Diamond also threw to sophomore receiver Trey Palmer, who has already been offered a scholarship by LSU, and finding junior receiver Larenz Morris.
Head coach Jonathan Foster is also very pleased by junior offensive tackle Eric Dunn, who will be blocking for junior running back Aldric Lott and others up front.
"Last year, our motto was blood, sweat, and tears, and the kids paid the price because they bought in during the summer time. It just sets the precedent for the kids coming up. That's when championships are won in my opinion, in the offseason," Foster said. "With the dedication, the kids showing up, just making football a priority. That's what our kids did last year and hopefully we can continue doing that.
"Whew, we're really young on defense. That's where we're going to be hurting the most. We lost Shyheim and people think we're going to be hurting on offense, but defense wins championships and that's where we lost a lot at. And right now, we have nobody I can say right now."
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