DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Denham Springs got off to a hot start in 2015, but then lost four of its last five games, including a 44-23 defeat to Destrehan in the first round of the playoffs.
However, the Yellow Jackets return one of the most exciting and explosive offensive weapons in the area, as running back Tyre Golmond is back for his junior season after rushing for over 2,700 yards during his first two years. Golmond is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball.
However, Denham Springs has many other starters to replace as only three of them return from last season's team.
The Yellow Jackets are using the summer months to find a quarterback, as junior Cameron Futch and senior Parker Simoneaux are both fighting for the spot during 7-on-7 work.
Receivers like seniors Heath Woods and Jeremy Watkins, along with junior Tyler Hoover and sophomores DJ Williams and Kaleb Drummer are all working to be reliable targets for whoever starts behind center.
The inexperienced Yellow Jackets battled a veteran St. Amant Gators squad in the annual spring game, starting slowly but eventually finding some footing.
"We competed well against St. Amant. Early on you could see the youth, by the end the speed seemed to slow down for them a little bit," said head coach Dru Nettles. "We'll that improvement continue in scrimmages, jamboree, before September gets here. As they become juniors and seniors on their own and become more confident in what they do."
"It was kinda a lot of people's first time, playing in actual varsity game. And the way we played, I think we adjusted to it pretty well, considering the team we were playing had 19 starters," said senior defensive back Dillon Boyle.
Nettles also shared his thoughts on some leaders on the defensive side of the ball.
"High school defense is built around 11 guys playing together and I think we'll see that a lot more," Nettles said. "Dillion Boyle played some corner and he played some safety. He'll be a defensive back that'll move around him and Hunter Scott, two guys that lead the defense for us."
"A bunch of hats on the ball. Lots of people group tackling," Boyle said. "Obviously you're going to see a lot of solo tackles, but for the most part you'll see a lot of group tackles, because we like playing together as a group."
"We're a lot better group together and we have a lot less attitudes this year, than last year," said senior offensive tackle Dauton Sibley. "And I really think that could've been the difference in those games we barely lost last year."
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