CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - Central Private and Silliman have been around more than 50 years, but this fall will be the end of their football rivalry, with the Rebels moving into the LHSAA next year.
TJ Davis and the Wildcats hosted the first of three meetings when they scrimmaged. There's another one Friday night in the jamboree, plus a regular season game that counts.
For Silliman, losses and injuries in the offensive line are evident early, but with experienced running back Jack Jackson picking up chunks of yardage, the Wildcats showed they've got potential on offense.
Quarterback Brock Berthelot, who moved over from baseball, tossed a touchdown pass to Brady Carpenter, one of the many capable wideouts. Another receiver, Hastings Dawson, scored on a keeper, creating some confidence going into the season.
The Wildcats may only have 25 players, but eight seniors give Silliman something it was missing on last year's 4-7 team.
"We were missing a lot of leadership," said Davis. "We had a very talented team. The size was there, all the intangibles. All the figures were there - height, weight, size, 40 times, but we didn't have any leadership."
"We have a lot more leaders this year," added Johnson, who also plays defensive back. "Mostly by example. But we have a couple of vocal leaders."