BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Sportsline Summer Camp stopped at St. Michael, which was allowed to practice in pads Monday afternoon.
The Warriors received permission to put on the pads a week earlier than most teams because they missed time in the spring.
They were 5-5 last year and it would have been 6-4 if Parkview didn’t block a field goal at the end. Their strength is the line in a flexbone offense. Head coach Joey Sanchez has just 46 players for Class 4A football, with only eight seniors. Several guys may have to play both ways.
“We want to be ball control and possession and keep our defense off the field,” said Sanchez. “We want to shorten the game. With our numbers and the kids we have, we don’t have an abundance of athletes. So, we want to shorten the game, keep the clock running, and keep our defense off the field as much as possible.”
The defensive line features the man in the middle, nose guard No. 52 Demond Garner. He and two other players are returning on a defense that held held those Eagles to 15 points. The Warrior defense also only allowed nine points by Woodlawn and seven from Episcopal.
The offensive line also returns four of five starters. Quarterback Nick Brister is one of the eight seniors on the squad. Sanchez is emphasizing conditioning for everybody and ball control on offense to give a good defense a chance in those close games.
“Our defensive front is going to be our strength. We return our three starters right there and we’re looking forward to some good things from those guys up front," Sanchez explained.
“5-5 last year, at one point, we were about to take the district, but it kind of fell away from us," added senior defensive end Luke Wilson. "This year, we expect to win district and hopefully get that first playoff win.”
“A couple of games slipped away from us last year, but I feel like this year, we can put it away in the fourth quarter," stated senior safety Connor Badeaux.
Belaire will be the featured school Tuesday.