SLAUGHTER, La. (WAFB) - Stop No. 31 for Sportsline Summer Camp involved a trip off LA 19 north of Zachary for a visit with the Slaughter Community Charter Knights.
The Knights struggled in 2019, finishing with a 2-8 record and losing in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs to Homer. Their two wins came against Thrive Academy and St. John.
The defensive coordinator from last season, Craig Kuester is now the head coach. He is implementing a new offense and building up the program.
“The biggest thing now is when you make that transition is you’re not just worried about Xs and Os and that aspect of the football side, you’re worried a lot more about the logistics of what’s going on in your program,” said Kuester.
“Last year, we couldn’t really get our offense going,” added senior running back and strong safety Jonathan Johnson. “Our defense was straight. Yeah, just couldn’t move it downfield as well as we should have. Just need to get better at moving the ball this year.”
Schematically, the team wants to improve upon its spread-option attack and that starts up front with the offensive line.
“I notified all of them, ‘Hey, we have to get stronger; we have to be able to have movement up front,’ and where you set that tone and build that culture is in the weight room,” Kuester explained.
“Goals are like - we get the ball up the field, gain more yards, and put more points on the board,” stated junior center Ladarius Irvin. “And myself, I just want to help my teammates more than I did last year. Get the defensive linemen out the way, work hard every single day, and do all that we can do.”
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