BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Parkview Baptist head coach Jay Mayet said his Eagles will rely on a strong senior class as they try to make another run at a Superdome appearance, after falling short for the first time in four years.
A second-round playoff loss to St. Thomas More left the Eagles with an 8-4 season, but the overall record is not the focus for the perennial south Louisiana football power.
"When you look at the teams we played last year and look at the number of teams that won a state championship that we played, it's pretty remarkable," said Mayet referring to Catholic High, U-High in the jamboree, and Zachary in a scrimmage. "We want to challenge our kids and we feel like we want to play the best teams out there that's going to make us better."
Mayet noted the Eagles also played Division I runner-up John Curtis.
The Eagles lost 11 seniors to graduation, including Sportsline Players of the Week Cole Mayet at linebacker and Alex Aucoin at quarterback. Ironically, returning linebacker Colton Jumonville is slated to take over as a senior signal caller, even though he's being recruited to play linebacker in college.
Wide receiver Kyle Washington, who's got offers from Southeastern and McNeese State, plus running backs Darrel Cyprien, Terry Tolliver, and Dustin Phillipe are all expected to pull double duty in the Eagles' secondary.
Mayet said one of the biggest additions to the defense is 6-foot-3, 290-pound Trinity Episcopal transfer DeSanto Rollins, who left the Natchez, Mississippi school that produced LSU's Stevan Ridley after it d ropped football.