By Josh Beavers
Tradition is the one word North Webster head coach John Ware uses most often when discussing his team’s football schedule this fall.
“You look at who we play and there are a ton of traditionally good teams and a lot of rivalries there for us,” Ware told The Journal during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.
The Knights are in District 1-3A and play 10 times this fall. There are only three away games.
The schedule for North Webster, along with Ware’s thoughts:
Game 1 (9-3) Haynesville
“This rivalry is one of the oldest ones in the state of Louisiana. It’s kind of a friendly rivalry that goes back to the Springhill Lumberjack days. We didn’t get to play last year due to COVID, so we don’t know a whole lot about them yet. But it is always a great matchup.”
Game 2 (9-10) North Caddo
“They have a couple big time players who are SEC recruits [Omarion Miller and Kelvin Black]. This is the first time we have played them, and it’s interesting to me because of my personal history.” Ware was North Caddo head coach from 2009-2011.
Game 3 (9-17) at Minden
“This is a huge rivalry and they have been very good the last few years. They were a quarterfinal team [in 4A] last year. They always have big and physical skill people. It’s always a fun game that is usually close.”
Game 4: (9-24) Jena
“I’m looking forward to this one. They have been ranked in the Top 10 every year the last few years, and we’ve never run into them in the playoffs. It’s good we are getting a chance to meet them in the regular season and are getting to have a go at them.”
Game 5: (10-1) Jonesboro-Hodge
“Jonesboro-Hodge is a traditional powerhouse. They’ve been up and down the last few years. This is a one-year game, and we don’t know a lot about them yet. But like I said earlier, the schedule is full of traditionally strong teams.”
Game 6: (10-8) Bossier
“They’ve got a new head coach [former Grambling star De’Aumante Johnson], so they will likely not be running the WingT for the first time in 20 years. It’ll be interesting to get a look at their new offensive concepts. I imagine it will be a spread concept.”
Game 7: (10-15) Lakeside
“Lakeside is an up and comer. I see good things coming from them in the future. Plus this is a game in our parish, and any time you are playing somebody in your own parish it is always fun and good for us. They return good players.”
Game 8 (10-22) at Loyola
“This is always a great matchup; we always have great games. They have a new head coach as well [Scott Mallien]. We won a thriller in overtime last year, so they are going to be looking for a little payback. It’s a great program, and we always have fun playing against them.”
Game 9 (10-29) at Mansfield
“Always a tough team and a tough place to play. They beat us last year and bring a lot back this year. It’s always a really tough matchup. They have been very good the last several years.”
Game 10 (11-5) Green Oaks
“They were loaded last year and have a lot coming back this year. They are another school with SEC recruits [DeColdest Crawford and Jaden Moore], and they are very good. They probably have a leg up in the district.”
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