The Southern Lab Kittens are losing a host of talented players off last year's championship squad, which walloped St. Mary's 36-2 in the Division IV title game.
The program is losing 18 seniors, including star wide receiver and Warrick Dunn finalist Curtlan Williams, quarterback Bladrick Veal and running back Darbbeon Profit.
However, it already appears a host of new players are ready to fill the void if the Kittens' spring game is any indication.
"Losing 18 seniors off of last year's team, but one thing we were able to do last year was play a lot of guys. We got a lot of guys game experience coming into this year, because we knew losing 18 guys would be big for us. So we started the rebuilding process, early in the process of last year," said head coach Marcus Randall.
After back-to-back trips to the Superdome and last season's state title, expectations are now high for Southern Lab football each season, even with many players to replace.
"It was back to work after we won the state championship. You got wonderful kids like Quincy, Malcolm and all them that push you. It was back to work after we won," said senior Shannon Forman II.
"We want to leave our mark as well, leaving out as seniors. So the younger guys and continue our winning ways to pave the way for them. To build a dynasty of our own," said senior defensive back Malcolm Hall.
"There's always Southern Lab pride. Every time you walk up to campus, you have to have it on your mind, that you're wearing it. You have to make sure you're ready. So the expectations are really high," said junior Quincy Filmore.
After two years as a wide receiver, Filmore steps in at quarterback.
"I had one to Xavier Bell and one to our freshman, Jacoby. They were just catching and taking it to the house," Filmore said about big pass plays made in the spring game.
While the passing game clicked for the Kittens in their spring game against the Baker Buffaloes, Randall said his defense might be the strength of the team.
The Kittens certainly with some monsters in the trenches as Chad Brown Jr., Tyreek Major and Tyler Gidery seemed to be sprinting off the line of scrimmage and living in the backfield against the Buffaloes.
Senior Christopher Allen is certainly a big standout to be watching for.
When asked if he must be a scary sight on the goal line, Forman said "Yes sir. Anytime you give it to me, it's going to be big yards. That's all I can tell you."
Forman said he models himself after the Refrigerator from the 1985 Chicago Bears.
Overall, Randall is happy to get a ton of positive work accomplished in "the Randall Bowl" as he coached against his older brother Eric.
"Actually that's a game we started last year, when he was finishing his tenure at Scotlandville. And I first got the job at Southern Lab. Then he got the job at Baker and we wanted to continue that," Randall explained. "That's a big family thing. And we wanted to bring those two teams together, Southern Lab and Baker being right down the street from one another."
"I like the camaraderie we had and just coming out and picking up where we left off, and just rebuilding the process of being a team," Hall said.
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