After a disappointing 2022 season, the Hamilton Christian Warriors enter the 2023 season with their eyes set on raising the standard, and after a year hiatus, Dexter Washington is back as head coach with the expectation of doing just that.
In 2022 the Oberlin Tigers took a step forward going (8-4) overall, and this season new head coach Kurt Ware believes he can take what last years team did and then build upon it coming into the new 2023 season.
The Pickering Red Devils have had a rough couple of seasons, failing to win a game the past two years, new Head Coach John Daugherty who served as assistant football coach and Powerlifting coach at Natchitoches Central is looking to turn the program around.
It was an interesting offseason for the Rosepine Eagles, but in 2023 they're focused on building on their 2022 season in which they went 8-2 in the regular season, and made the quarterfinals before falling 14-7 to Many.
The Vinton Lions have struggled the past few seasons finishing with a record of 1-8 last year, and their last playoff appearance was in 2018 but first-year Head Coach Tyler Lavergne knows their record doesn’t define his team.
2022 was a stepping stone year for the Lake Arthur Tigers as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2019, but in 2023, the Tigers are hoping to build on their 2022 season, and win their first playoff game since 2017.
The Grand Lake Hornets haven’t lost more than three games in the past three seasons, and to head coach of the Hornets Jeff Wainwright, that success can be attributed to the toughness that has been instilled over the years.
The Iota Bulldogs had a successful 2022 season as they finished with a regular season record of 8-2, and beat Northwest 28-0 in the first round of the State Playoffs before falling to Breaux Bridge in the second round, and in 2023 they're ready to capitalize on the opportunities that may arise.
The Washington-Marion Charging Indians had a disappointing season in 2022 as they went 0-9, and failed to make the playoffs. However, while most would choose to leave a season like that in the past, and move on as soon as the offseason began, Charging Indians Head Coach Jules Sullen says they’re choosing to remember what happened last year in order to remember where they’ve been, to focus on where they want to go.
The LaGrange Gators head into the 2023 season with a new sense of hope, as year one Head Coach Idaibi Ogbanga has a belief that this team can reset the culture and take a leap from their 1-9 finish last season.
For the DeRidder Dragons, 2022 was a solid year, they went 6-4 and made it into the playoffs where they, unfortunately, fell in the first round, but entering 2023, the Dragons know they are capable of more, and they believe the 2023 season is the year they can take that next step as a team.
The Kinder Yellowjackets are coming off their first season in 3A District 3, as they finished with a record (2-8), and as they head into the 2023 season new head coach Justin Reed feels his team is ready to take the next step in their development.
The Westlake Rams finished the 2022 regular season with a record of 5-5 before beating Pine 26-24 on the road in round one of the LHSAA State Playoffs, but unfortunately fell to Rosepine in round two, and entering the 2023 season, the Rams have a sour taste in their mouths and are hoping to improve on last season.
After having what many would call a disappointing start to their 2022 season, the Jennings Bulldogs managed to turn it around as they went 3-2 in their final five games and finished with a regular season record of 3-7, but managed to squeak into the playoffs, and in their first round they upset Plaquemine on the road 28-25 before falling to Leesville in the second round.
The Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers enter the 2023 season looking to take a step in the right direction and improve upon last season’s record of 5-7. Head Coach Erick Franklin has confidence in his team and believes the experience this year will allow the Trailblazers to get back to the top of the District 3-3A standings.
2022 was a successful season, to say the least for the Iowa Yellow Jackets as they finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, winning District 3-3A with a district record of 6-0, and they would go onto win two playoff games before falling in the Semi-Finals to North Desoto, but entering 2023, the Yellow Jackets are focused on putting their program best season behind them, and setting a new bar this season.
The St. Louis Catholic Saints enter the 2023 season following a successful 2022 campaign that saw them finish the regular season with a record of 8-2 before beating Northside 23-0 in the first round of the State Playoffs, but the playoff win was unfortunately followed up by a 6-0 overtime loss to Madison Prep in the second round.
As the 2023 season nears, the Sam Houston Broncos have their sights set on making it back to the State Playoffs, somewhere they haven't been the past two seasons, but entering this season, the Cowboys have a sense of leadership which could be the difference.
It’s a new era at Barbe High School as Dennis ‘Skeet’ Owens takes over as the next head coach of the Buccaneers football team, and with it comes a renewed hope that the Bucs can get back to the top of District 3-5A, and hopefully get back to being a playoff threat.
The Westlake Rams had an impressive 2021 season as they finished with an 8-4 record before falling to Sterlington in the second round of the playoffs, the team who would go onto win the 3A State Title.
The Jennings Bulldogs have a history of success, especially lately, in 2020 the Bulldogs finished with an 8-1 record, and in 2019 they made the state championship game, however, in 2021, the Bulldogs didn’t quite live up to that history of success.
LaGrange had a rough 2021 season as they failed to win a game, and finished with a record of 0-10, but they enter the 2022 season with a new mindset. The Gators are leaving the past, in the past, entering the 2022 season with the mindset that they’re 0-0, and so is everyone else.
2020 was a stand-out season for the LCCP TrailBlazers. They went undefeated in the regular season and made a semifinal appearance for the first time in program history. Despite losing numerous key starters on Offense, the Blazers are confident in rising junior Josiah Bushnell to step up At quarterback.
It’s been a year since Washington-Marion touched the gridiron, but soon the Friday night lights will shine again. The Charging Indians enter 2021 with a new attitude thanks to first-year head coach Jules Sullen.
After narrowly falling to Many in the Class 2A State Championship in 2020, the Kinder Yellow Jackets are buzzing for another chance at a title. In the pursuit of their first ring since 2015, Kinder brings with them some experience and a strong work ethic.
After finishing with a .500 record in 2019, Oakdale felt they were taking steps in the right direction. However, Destin Dieterich said the Warriors were hit harder than most by COVID-19 last season resulting in a 2-4 finish.
Coming off of another playoff appearance, the East Beauregard Trojans look to pick up where they left off a season ago. However, they’ll do so after overhauling their starting lineups on both sides of the ball.
“This team is going to be very special this year,” said Grand Lake lineman Bryant Williams. “Like I said, we want to repeat what we did last year but we just have to play as a team and stick together.”Special can’t begin to describe the improbable run to the state title game the Grand Lake Hornets were on a season ago.
Fresh off their eighth quarterfinal appearance since 2011, the Jennings Bulldogs enter the new season with plenty of confidence. Although with only nine starters back, there will be some growing pains.
2020 was another good season for Leesville as the Wampus Cats went 5-4 and landed a top-five spot in the playoffs for the first time in program history. Head coach Robert Causey is focused on improving from that success.
The Lake Arthur Tigers enter the new season with bright eyes, as the Tigers are young at numerous positions. While an inexperienced team brings challenges, second-year head coach Tarius Davis is embracing it.