The last time the Cougars lost a game was September 15th, 2017 versus De La Salle 28-26. Over the last three years they have a record of 43-1 & 3 state championships.
This season presents a different challenge because of the youth on both sides of the ball & this might be the toughest non-district schedule in head coach Brice Brown’s era. “The fourth one should always be the most difficult,” Brown said. “Opening up week one against John Curtis is exactly what we wanted, & adding Wossman along with Catholic-Baton Rouge to our schedule will be a great challenge for our kids this season.”
No matter how the Cougars fair throughout their tough non-district schedule, you get the sense that they will be the favorites in 4A again. I think their defense will be the staple of the team this season unlike in recent years.
Senior QB Leonard Kelly is coming off a really good junior campaign where he passed for 2,817 yards, 28 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, & a 75.4% completion rate.
Sophomore WR Aaron Anderson made a huge impact as a freshman at receiver & in the return game finishing the season with 7 punt/kick return touchdowns along with 4 receiving touchdowns. Anderson will be the number one athlete in the state before it’s all said & done.
Senior CB Jamie Vance is as good as they come at the corner position throughout the state. The Arkansas commit has the ability to take away the opposing team’s best receiver any given Friday.
Sophomore DT Tygee Hill made his mark last season as a freshman in the trenches. He’s becoming a household name & should have a dominant second year.
Junior OT Kenneth Bannister will protect Kelly’s blindside this year. He has looked very impressive throughout the summer & leading up to week 1. He should be regarded as one of best offensive tackles in the state by season’s end.
Junior WR Destyn “Fatt” Pazon is emerging as the team’s best receiver. He’ll be who Kelly relies on when the team needs a big play this season for sure.
Senior LB Dylan Smith spot played a lot last season, but when his number was called he came up with some big plays. Look for Smith to play a huge role into why this Cougars defense is stout this season
Senior LB Joe Thomas will be the heart & sole of the defense. His versatility will be very key in the Cougars’ success this season.
Junior DE Con Mead has shown since the spring that he will be a impact player on the defense this season. His athleticism will give a lot of offensive lineman problems. Look for this kid to blow up this season.
Senior DE Josh Randall had one of best statistical seasons you’ll see in high school finishing the year with 26 sacks. He has one of the best get offs you’ll see in the state & I don’t know if he’ll eclipse his 26 sacks, but he should get close to it this season.
Junior safety Destin Refuge is probably the most improved player on the Cougars defense. This kid is very very instinctive & smart for sure. He should make a big impact this season.
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