After a bounce-back 6-4 season in 2017, the DeRidder Dragons head into the new year with a lot of unknowns after losing 16 seniors. But, the beauty of a new season is being able to start fresh.
“It’s exciting. The beginning of football season is always exciting. Nobody really knows who’s good or who’s bad," admitted DeRidder coach Brad Parmley. "We’re just trying to put one day together and get better every day ever rep.”
The Dragons welcome back seven starters from a year ago with most of their talent being back on offense.
Quarterback Lane Armor heads into his senior season after posting a breakout junior year, passing for more than 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns.
“I’m feeling good. I’m excited," said Armer. "We’ve worked so hard all summer and I’m just looking forward to being able to play.”
“He had a good year for us last year. He built all that experience up as a junior and he’ll be a three-year starter for us going in right now," Parmley said. "Luckily for him, he’s got some good guys that can catch the ball and make things happen with the ball in their hands.”
On the other side, the Dragon defense will need to be rebuilt. The only experience they have lies up front with linemen Dewaun Tellis and Jerome Cleveland.
“This year, we're going into the season with a lot of holes to fill on defense. The positive thing right now is we got some sophomores coming up that will be able to fill some holes for us," admitted Parmley. "Some might play both ways, but we’re excited about the ones that have a chance to play.”
DeRidder has a lot of question marks heading into the season, but senior receiver Gregory Woodard believes they have the one thing that will allow them to be successful.
"Heart, that's about it. Heart."
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