SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: St. Helena Hawks

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: St. Helena Hawks
St. Helena Hawks (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The St. Helena College and Career Academy Hawks are stop No. 44 for Sportsline Summer Camp.

The Hawks are coming off a disappointing four-win season. It was a huge trend down from their 2017 state championship appearance and 2018 squad that won 10 games made it to the quarterfinals.

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Brandon Mitchell is settling into his first year as head coach. Mitchell was the quarterbacks coach at Amite, his alma mater, last year but has now taken the short trip up I-55 to lead a district rival.

“We tell them it’s no different than going to the bank,” said Mitchell. “If you try to deposit $100 and you try to withdraw $150, it’s going to say, ‘Declined.’ So, it’s the same thing we focus on out here when we are running sprints when we are in the weight room. If you are not putting that work in the offseason or when you are at practice, when you go out there on Friday nights, it’s going to say, ‘Insignificant funds,’ when you try to deposit it, when you try to withdraw whatever you are trying to get out of yourself. If you have not already put it in, it’s not going to work.”

“It’s good to get the hard work in, so when you get on the field, it’s easy,” added senior linebacker Jelinei Earlycutt. “So the dedication, the hard work, the grind, the practicing, it’s going to be easy when the game comes.”

The Hawks have a three-player battle at quarterback but Mitchell described it as a great problem. DeShon Singleton has started the last two years and said he and Mitchell hit it off very quickly. He credited some of that to the fact Mitchell was a college quarterback at Arkansas. The senior believes their relationship will play a huge role in his mental skills this season.

“With Coach Mitchell playing at Arkansas and being a quarterback, I think he can really develop my game in that,” said Singleton. “So, that’s how me and him clicked on so quick, because I felt that chemistry between him.”

“I think DeShon is going to be one of the biggest sleepers. He reminds me of myself when I was in high school. That he was a big-time basketball player and all he really did was hoop. Then, once he got on that field, everything just took off from there. I think he is going to be one of the next big-time recruits that we got here,” Mitchell explained.

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