SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Central Private Redhawks

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Central Private Redhawks
Central Private Redhawks (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

CENTRAL, La. (WAFB) - Day 3 of Sportsline Summer Camp took the 9Sports team to Central Private, where the Redhawks are getting ready for their second year in the Louisiana High School Athletics Association.

Central Private School broke ground at the corner of Joor and Gurney roads on May 28 for its new campus, which is set to open in August 2021.

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About a mile away at the old campus, head coach Robbie Mahfouz continues to build the foundation for the Redhawks, entering just their second year in the LHSAA. Despite earning the final playoff spot with a 5-4 record, the Redhawks had to sit out due to LHSAA rules, leaving the group looking for more.

With a schedule consisting of district powerhouse Southern Lab and Notre Dame of Crowley in Class 2A, the Redhawks know that size doesn’t tend to be in their favor but the roster of 30 kids remains as confident as ever. Finishing 2019 with a record over .500 and competing with some of Louisiana’s best has these guys believing they can do even better in 2020.

Though they lost offensive pieces like Mason Dailey and Kaleb Fontenot, the Redhawks return 5-foot-7 speedster Ben Kolb, who is looking for the offense to pick up where it left off last season, scoring more than 30 points in four of the last five games.

Class 1A football can be tough. Numbers aren’t high, meaning most of the players have to play both sides of the ball, so any little ounce of depth is appreciated. This year, the Redhawks get some help in Carlyle Smith. The McKinley transfer will split time at fullback and middle linebacker while replacing his basketball shoes for a pair of cleats.

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