BAKER, LA (WAFB) - The year we started Sportsline Friday Nite, Baker head coach Eric Randall was in the video open of our show every week as the star quarterback for Glen Oaks and wound up winning a Black College National Championship at Southern before entering the school's Hall of Fame.
Randall is now tutoring a new quarterback, Tyren Henderson, to take over his senior year and despite the fact that Henderson is one of just seven seniors returning on a roster of 42 players, Randall said he's excited about the improvement he's seeing with his young team. Running back Desmond Windon is back after piling up more than 1,100 yards as a sophomore and receiver Bryant Williams is another senior expected to emerge.
"Where we go is going to depend on these guys here," said Randall. "Most of these guys have started for three years together this year."
Another key senior is in the secondary on the defense. Kyle Brumfield showed up big with an interception in 7-on-7 play at U-High. Randall also expects East Iberville transfer Kiley Clifton to contribute after sitting out a season to absorb the system and culture he's tried to establish. Tamon Dukes and even Eric Randall III are expected to see action and help with the turnaround.
"These big guys right here to open up holes makes it a lot easier to pick up first downs and keep ball control and those things that you have to manage during the ball game," Randall added.
"Those past three years, we've been getting bigger, stronger, faster, better leaders," said senior lineman Justin Jones. "We just ready. We ready."
Last year, Baker averaged 33 points a game in three losses to start the season and won three straight but closed the season with a five-game losing streak, including shutouts to U-High and West Feliciana.