SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Tara Trojans

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Tara Trojans
Tara Trojans (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Stop No. 36 for Sportsline Summer Camp is with the Tara Trojans.

The Trojans were getting after it on Monday, July 20, as they look to grow from last year’s two-win season. Hansoni Holland has taken over as head coach.

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After a two-year stint as an assistant at Plaquemine High, Holland said he was intrigued by the talent level at Tara and thinks his style can get the Trojans to the next level.

Five of their seven losses in 2019 were by one possession, which is why the players believe if everything aligns, they will be in the thick of District 7-4A.

“We were in the running,” said Holland. “I think we lost a lot of games by four points. I think the biggest game we lost was the team I was coaching at last year, Plaquemine. So, it is anybody’s ball game. If we come out and just put in the effort, I think we can be very successful.”

“We had the best team in the district last year,” added senior wide receiver Timothy Hardnett. “We just could not get it right on offense. But, I think this year, we are going to get it right on offense. We [are] going to score a lot of points. We still have a good defense, so we are going to be all right.”

Holland is still getting up to speed as he is just in the second week with his new team. Last season was a frustrating one for the Trojans but with a new system in place, Holland said the guys have shown more willingness to learn and keep one another in check.

“They are kind of understanding my vision right now, so I think they are going to do well with hitting the ground running just like me. I see it in a couple offensive linemen, also my quarterback, even my senior receiver. They are going to pick up guys, making sure they are here and keeping them accountable because they know how important it is to him,” Holland explained.

“The numbers over the week have been going up,” said senior quarterback Jaylon Lathers. “We’ve been starting off with five in the beginning. Now, it’s been shooting up to 20. So, it has been going up every week and it’s going to continue to go up.”

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