Central Private has seven starters going both ways this fall, but those seven have 21 years of combined experience starting for the Rebels, who have some potential at the skill positions.
Cade Sanchez and Cole Averette are two of those seven starters, and they lit it up during a scrimmage against Amite School Center. Sanchez, who is the coach's son, is back for his senior year at quarterback finding Averette for two long scoring strikes.
Like Averette, Royce Richard is a junior who has been starting since he was a freshman. Brandt Glover, Chris Loftstrom, Baylen Watkins and running back Austin Slater are the other seniors that serve as the foundation for head coach Joey Sanchez' team.
With a seven-year drought not making the playoffs since 2009, those five Rebels seniors who have been three-year starters, along with two juniors, are motivated to finally break through with a winning season.
"Staying healthy. If we can keep everybody healthy like we did last year, I think we've got a good shot of improving on our 5-5 record from last year, and hopefully we can get another 'W' in district and have a couple more of those, and get us in the playoffs this year," Sanchez said.
"We have been making strides, getting bigger, faster and stronger," said senior quarterback Cade Sanchez. "And personally for me, I've been trying to cut down on weight, trying to get a lot faster and it showed today."
"My senior year, I'm ready. I want to win. I'm tired of being on the losing team. I'm tired of not making playoffs," said senior linebacker Baylen Watkins. "So that was our goal. Win this season and get to the playoffs."
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