WATSON, LA (WAFB) - Live Oak head coach Brett Beard made quite a debut with the Eagles in 2015, winning seven games and upsetting Ouachita Parish in the first round of the playoffs.
This season Beard is very happy with the way Ryan Morris has progressed at quarterback and is likewise excited for Morris to hand the football away to big running back Khalil Smith. Beard said another big key to the offense is his two veteran tackles, Jacob Barbier and Blake Curtis.
"It's definitely something to grow on. You just have to keep them believing. You just have to keep setting goals, keep having a vision, keep finding little victories here and there, keep winning those. And you just have to keep on the rise, and I believe that's where we're going."
The Eagles took on the East Ascension Spartans in their spring game.
Despite losing nine starters off their defense, Live Oak flying to the football and making some big hits in the backfield.
Beard said EA provided big challenges on the offensive and defensive line because of their length. But the Eagles found their footing and gave great effort.
"You know, we're youthful. Which I don't always mind, I like youth. Sometimes you don't realize the magnitude of the situation you're in when you're young and you just go out there and play the game and play the game the right way and have fun doing it," Beard said. "I tell if we can get them on the same page and keep building unity with the coaches we've got and the new philosophies, we've got a chance to be pretty good again this year, and compete at a high level and hopefully make some waves."
Beard is looking to build on a surprising first year, as his club won seven games and upset Ouachita Parish on the road in the first round of the playoffs.
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