Sulphur has won a co-district title each of the past two seasons and this year, the Golden Tors are hungry for more.
Offensively is where the talent lies with the Tors, returning seven starters behind all-district quarterback Morgan Clark. Clark was money a year ago totaling over 2,200 yards and 23 touchdowns.
"It always helps a quarterback," said Clark, "having all of those options."
"He has a lot of football in his family he's been fortunate. He understood the game when he came in as an eighth grader and what it means to be a quarterback," said Sulphur coach Jeff Wainwright of Clark. "We watched him at Lewis play the game and develop into the guy he is now."
But the quarterback position isn't the only spot the Tors are excited about on offense. Sulphur has veteran experience at seemingly every position.
"At each different group, in the backfield, we have experience, at the line we have experience, at receivers we have experience and that is what counts," Wainwright said. "Those leaders will step up and start teaching the other guys and get our expectations high, and then everyone will meet those expectations in the groups."
"I'm confident in my teammates," receiver Branden Walker said, "going out on the field and getting work done."
Defensively, it's a different story.
The Tors have key talent to replace at all three levels returning only five starters. Sulphur will be led by linebacker Jake LaFleur, a McNeese commit that holds multiple FBS offers. Behind him in the secondary is where the majority of the team's experience is, with three back.
"We're ahead of the game in the secondary," said Wainwright. "In our district against some of the teams, you have to have a good secondary to match up with them and their strong passing game."
"I'm feeling really good about this team, we got a lot of heart. We're a brotherhood," LaFleur said. "I really think we're going to play well together and take it deep in the playoffs this year."
It doesn't take long to feel the confidence brewing inside Walker Memorial Stadium. With all of the talent returning for the Tors this season, all eyes are on them as they attempt to make their way to the dome for the first time since 2006.
"We love that pressure of having to produce and this group is ready to produce," said Wainwright. "They are ready to mark their spot with the good players that have played in this school and the good players that I have coached in my career."
"Going all the way to the dome," said Walker. "That's the goal."
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