We’re one step closer to the real deal.
All four Webster Parish high school football teams will be in action Friday night taking part in annual scrimmages. Following the scrimmages, the teams will participate in jamboree action on August 27 before the games count in the win/loss columns on Sept. 3.
Minden High began fall practice on August 9. They travel to Benton Friday for a 6 p.m. scrimmage.
The Tide will be one of five teams participating in the annual jamboree. The other teams are Lakeside, North Webster, Homer, and the host – Haynesville. The event will be held in Haynesville on August 27. Games begin at 7 p.m.
Their first game is at home against Parkway on September 3 at 7 p.m.
Tide Coach Spencer Heard said the team made progress over the summer. One area of concern was in the secondary, but positive strides were made during the summer competition. He also mentioned the positive progression of senior starting quarterback Andrew Cooper who will be calling signals following a career on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker.
Lakeside has been on the practice field battling the near 100 degree heat in preparation for Friday’s scrimmage against Lakeview. The Warriors are playing host and the scrimmage begins at 6 p.m.
The Warriors first game is at home against Magnolia School of Excellence on September 3 at 7 p.m.
Lakeside is looking to build upon the momentum it had to end the 2019 season. The Warriors had a rough go last year due in part to a loss of seniors from the 2019 squad that won the school’s first playoff game. There also was a great deal of uncertainty, starting and stopping, cancellations, quarantine, and general disorganization in the 2020 campaign due to the Covid pandemic. Lakeside Head Coach Mike Santelices said offseason work was encouraging and beneficial to the athletes, and the Warriors are ready for a full campaign.
North Webster was able to begin Fall practice a week early due to lost time in the spring due to Covid.
They are traveling to Mangham for Friday’s scrimmage. First play is set for 6 p.m.
The Knights first game is at home against Haynesville on September 3 at 7 p.m.
Head Coach John Ware said the team can do well this year if the injury bug doesn’t bite once again like it has the past couple of seasons. He told The Journal that the starting lineups are solid but there is a lot of youth backing them up. There is a lot of development that will be necessary as the young players learn and grow in the sport. Ware said the team has numerous senior leaders and mentioned a few by name. “Jamarcus Stevens is one of our best athletes and he will play outside linebacker, running back, and some receiver.” Jaterion Robinson, who is a three-year starter, also plays linebacker and tight end/H-back on offense. Senior lineman Drew Hutchinson and Ty Modisette anchor the offense and will look to open holes for running backs throughout the season. “There’s a lot of questions we’ve got to answer,” Ware said. “It’s hard to tell from one year on to the next how the team will gel together. But if we can all stay healthy, I feel we will be competitive.”
The Glenbrook Apaches began fall practice on August 2 as they look forward to their first season in the LHSAA.
The Apaches have a home scrimmage Friday against Parkers Chapel. First play is set for 7 p.m.
Glenbrook will Jamboree in Natchitoches on August 27 in the annual NSU Jamboree. Their first game is Sept. 3 at home versus River Oaks.
David Feaster begins his second season as Glenbrook’s head coach, and the Apaches’ first in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association after many years in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. Glenbrook expects to have only two seniors on the 2021 squad as it plays in the state’s largest Class A district, 1-1A, with nine teams. The Apaches are ineligible for postseason play this fall due to the transition period into the LHSAA. The former Minden HS coach (2003-07) had his greatest success at Parkway High and owns an overall 169-75 record at six different Louisiana high schools.
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