Coaches, players anxious to return to the gridiron
Colin Vedros | Times intern
Natchitoches Central High and Lakeview High varsity football began their seasons Friday, Sept. 3. NCHS will start against the Woodlawn-Shreveport Knights and Lakeview will start against Tensas.
NCHS hopes to reverse their fortunes from a season with COVID-19 protocols and a winless end through eight games.
“We have a lot of guys playing out of position this week to help the team in areas where we have lost players,” James Wilkerson, NCHS football head coach, said. “It will be a team effort on Friday”
NCHS will be led offensively by junior quarterback BJ Young and running back Caylin Demars. On Woodlawn’s defense, they plan a 3-3 stack led by defensive back Anthony Bryant. NCHS’s defense will be led by linebacker Logan Saucier and defensive back Justin Aaron. Starting under center for Woodlawn will be quarterback Isaiah Kennedy. When asked about his analysis of Woodlawn, Wilkerson said, “Woodlawn’s quarterback can hurt you with his feet. They are a very athletic team with lots of speed.”
With seven district games taking over NCHS’s football schedule, the Chiefs varsity football squad will take their first three non-district games against Woodlawn-Shreveport, Peabody and West Ouachita as evidence of the season ahead.
The Chiefs will host Peabody Thursday, Sept. 9 at Turpin Stadium.
As with Lakeview, their 2020 season became a downfall after the first few games, and with an outstanding leader in Brandon Helms, head coach for Lakeview football, the Gators are ready for renewed action to start their good fortunes.
“We are excited to finally take the field,” Helms said. “This Tensas team is full of athletes. We are going to have to shorten the game by running the football.” Our depth has taken a hit this week due to injury and other circumstances, and we will have to limit penalties and can’t turn the ball over. They are a spread team so we have to get pressure on the quarterback to win.”