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Mangham - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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Mangham – 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

 

Home/Away

9/6/13

Jena

 

H

9/13/13

Richwood

 

A

9/20/13

Caldwell Parish

 

A

9/27/13

Sterlington

 

H

10/4/13

Oak Grove

 

A

10/11/13

Delhi

 

H

10/18/13

St. Frederick

 

A

10/25/13

Ouachita Christian

 

H

11/1/13

Tensas

 

A

11/8/13

Delhi Charter

 

H

 

Notes on the Mangham Dragons

They Move the Chains: The Dragons offense returns seven starters from last season. Tailback Brian Criff is just a sophomore, but he can run inside and out. The coaches say they can't keep him off the field. Senior wide receiver Trei Criff is the strongest kid on the team and will give defensive backs fits this season. Junior quarterback Ridge Heisler has a great arm and he showed it off the state championship baseball team. The 1A MVP matured on the mound in the spring and that should only help him under center this fall.

Blitz Patrol: Mangham returns four starters from its defense last season. Senior inside linebacker Lance Romero will be a four-year starter and really has a nose for the ball. Senior linebacker Trey Cureington is very intelligent and has developed into one of the Dragons best players. Coach Tommy Tharp says last season Cureington went from being one of their 7th or 8th best defensive players to being a player opposing teams had to game plan for.

Cleats to Fill: The team's leading rusher Chris Hardman has graduated and his 1,400 yards rushing will be missed. Brian Criff is making the move from wingback to tailback. Criff was is a dangerous open field runner and will be dangerous if he can get outside of the tackles.

Unsung Hero: Tight End Trae Moffitt slowly took over for full time duties last season. He has very good hands and his blocking skills are improving. Mangham's coaching staff is looking for more ways to get Moffitt the ball as he is dangerous weapon when lined up against linebackers.

Ace Watch: Tailback Brian Criff is ready for a breakout season. Coach Tharp says Criff is the hardest working kid he has ever coached. A pretty impressive complement since Tharp has been in the business for 25 years. Tharp also says Criff's will to win separates him from others and he would play center if that is what it took for the Dragons to win.

Must-See Matchup: Week five vs. Oak Grove is always a fan favorite with a rich history. The Dragons are also looking forward to getting a shot at the defending 1A state champs. OCS makes a trip to Mangham in week eight.

Postseason Prospects: Last year the Dragons finished 9-2 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Plain Dealing. Coach Tharp says qualifying for the playoffs isn't good enough for his Dragons. They have state title every season. They started off the 2012 season with a chip on their shoulder after graduating a lot of kids in 2011. Tharp says they started 7-0, thought they were good, and faltered down the stretch losing in the first round. They don't intend on not letting that happen this season.

Coach Talk: "We win this season if our kids believe. We have to believe." — Mangham Coach Tommy Tharp

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