ST. JAMES, LA (WAFB) - Sportsline Summer Camp moved from Lutcher on Monday to parish rival St. James on Tuesday.
Head coach Robert Valdez lost his defensive line and all his receivers off last year's 3A quarterfinalist team, which beat Marksville and Madison Prep by a combined 89-0 in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
"Let's go, let's go," said Valdez. "We got two hours in at night with no sun. Like I said, we do this to basically protect our kids. I just believe in it. The kids stay up late all night anyway."
The Wildcats went from 8:45 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. under the lights, missing 15 starters total with only seven back, but all-everything quarterback Shamar Smith can make up for youth and inexperience as a next-level wide receiver recruit and defensive back capable of making a difference on every single play.
Smith has watched LSU's Lowell Narcisse and Demarcus Williams lead the Wildcats and said Narcisse even helped with his mechanics, so he's excited to show what he can do.
"Yeah, I'm very excited," said Smith. "The ball is always in my hands, so I can make plays. Our wide receivers, we work out like every Sunday, so I'm very confident."
"Our quarterback - he's alright. He's alright. He's a receiver, a 'Slash.' He may be called the modern day 'Slash,' Cordell Stewart type of guy. Defensive back, receiver, quarterback. He gives us some versatility with his legs, throws the ball well. As long as he can continue to be special, he gives us a chance every Friday night," Valdez added.