By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
Natchitoches Central head football coach Byron Keller looks to increase the Chief’s wins and make a deep run in the playoffs this year. There was no doubt that things would get tougher after leaving class 2A District 3 that featured the likes of the Many Tigers and long-time rival the Red River Bulldogs.
Keller remembers last year’s rivals. “I am up for the challenge of competing against the likes of West Monroe, Ruston and Ouachita. And let’s not forget about Alexandria Senior High that can drop 40 points easily just stepping onto the field.”
This year, NCHS will step up to 1-5A, one of the toughest classes and districts in Louisiana. The new district features teams that can make life miserable for the Chiefs. But as Keller said, “We want to continue to play the best competition we can find and we want to hone our skills by playing the best out there.”
The new district features returning 5A District 1 champion C.E. Byrd; Captain Shreve, that lost in the second round to West Monroe; Parkway, a playoff team that lost to Ouachita in the first round of the playoffs; Haughton, a second-round playoff team that lost to John Ehert on the road; and the Benton Tigers who are moving from 4A to 5A and who also made the playoffs.
The Chiefs will continue to implement their triple threat running attack. After one season of running the wing-t, the Chiefs will have to find the running lanes. Returning at quarterback will be Derienne Robinson.
At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Robinson can scan the defense and spot his receivers. The vaulted black shirt defense will feature leading tackler John Waskom.
The Chiefs are fired up and ready to kick off the new season of exciting football and hope to return to the glory days of lighting up the scoreboard and imposing pain and fear on their opponents.