BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mentorship Academy is the newest team in the area, but the football program is basically starting over again as it has already changed coaches after one season of varsity play.
The Sharks first-ever head coach Jeremy Gradney said he and his staff have been fired and replaced by former Tara assistant Keidran Davis after going 0-11.
The team has also lost nearly all its key performers off a senior-laden team. The 15 in white and blue who graduated had a hard time measuring up to the likes of Madison Prep and Malcolm Roach in a district that also includes perennial contenders like Kendell Beckwith's alma mater East Feliciana, Northeast, Dunham and Episcopal.
In fact, the Sharks only scored eight touchdowns in 11 games, and were shut out five times ranging from a 57-0 playoff loss at Many to dropping a 6-0 decision against Capitol.
Davis has nine seniors among his 44-man roster and will have to build around a few key returnees like senior safeties Jamion Jenkins and Kamron Douglas, who has moved to quarterback.
The Sharks also have help from Naajee Robinson, who is young defensive lineman who played as a freshman, along with the addition of basketball players Larry Bentley, Jr. and Khalil Jordan.
Davis said the Sharks will play their games at the old Redemptorist stadium this season.
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