The Catholic Bears have begun their quest to get back to the Superdome, where they won the school's first state championship in 121 years and the first in longtime coach Dale Weiner's illustrious career.
"I mean anything we need him to do, he can block ends, block D-tackles. He can outrun linebackers, run over a couple of people," said LSU recruit and MVP Clyde Edwards-Helaire about his backfield mate Ben Miles, the son of his future college head coach Les Miles.
Weiner, who passed the 300 win plateau on the way to that state title, said this year's team has already moved past their historic, dramatic championship run of 2015 and it looked that way in the spring game.
"We are the prey. Everybody's coming after you, which means you have to play harder, you have to work out harder. You have to do everything three, four times harder than what you did the year before because now you're the ones that's out to be eaten," Edwards-Helaire said.
"I'm just so proud of our guys. I'm proud of our coaching staff, and just the level of play, the intensity," Weiner said. "When you go out there during the summer when we're working out and we're going through our drills and all that, it's high paced, a lot of energy, and they've embraced that. That's just kind of our culture."
While Bears fans may not be ready to move on, there are plenty of reasons to be excited again.
Edwards-Helaire, who impressed LSU coaches enough to get an offer before his senior year, isn't the only running back opposition will need to watch for with backup James Berrigan, who was huge when he got hurt, and Miles, who is a three-year starter.
Other LSU connections and seniors are tight end Chris Cameron, the son of Cam Cameron, and defensive lineman Aaron Moffitt, another LSU committ and son of strength coach Tommy Moffitt.
"There are a few other colleges that were doing a good job in recruiting me, but when it comes down to it you know it's just hard to say no to a team you grew up with," Aaron Moffitt said.
The Bears may be missing many key senior leaders with the most noticeable lose being quarterback Ian Brian, who is now at Southeastern. However, he has been replaced by a very familiar understudy, Zach Crawford.
"One of the things that I'm excited about is that we have a born leader in Zach Crawford at quarterback," Weiner said. "Didn't get to play a whole lot because we were in these dogfight games, whether we won them or lost them, a lot of them went down to the wire, so he didn't get as many reps on the varsity as you'd like for the backup quarterback to get. But boy he's a born leader, accurate thrower, knows the offense, makes great reads. So we're excited about having him come in there."
"He's no slouch. I mean he came in, he knows every play, he knows what every position has to do. He can tell you everything about any situation," Edwards-Helaire said.
Edwards-Helaire said the Bears offensive coordinator calls Crawford Captain America.
"Zach's the kind of guy you want to lead your team. He was the most important player that didn't get on the field last year. He's a coach on the field," said senior Ben Miles.
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