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Sterlington - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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Sterlington – 2013 Schedule










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Oak Grove




Notes about the Sterlington Panthers

They Move the Chains: This season looks like a ground and pound attack for the Panthers. Jaylon Wade and Austin Haman return to the backfield at tailback and fullback respectively. The quarterback postion will come down to sophomore Devon Murphy and West Monroe transfer Blake Lacas. Lacas had a good spring and summer and may become the lead signal caller for Sterlington. The offensive line returns four seniors including three, three-year starters.

Blitz Patrol: One player teams will game plan for is All- State linebacker Cody McGuire. With only four returning starters from a year ago, he will be depended on to make big plays. DeMarcus Matthews returns to the defensive end postion after a successful move from basketball to football a year ago. New to the defense will be JaQuarius Douglas. He will move from tailback to free safety while former all-district safety Trent Raffray recovers from shoulder surgery. Coaches are hopeful he will return in October.

Cleats to Fill: With Raffray on the sidelines, the Panthers are looking for playmakers in the secondary. Raffray is an explosive player that, when healthy, is a highlight reel waiting to happen. JaQuarius Douglas will be the player to watch to head such a task.

Unsung Hero: The big boys up front are the unsung heroes on this team. Four senior offensive linemen, Tyler Buffington, Chase Parks, Conley Harris, and Christian Carter, return in the trenches. Sterlington's offensive production is banking on this fearsome foursome.

Ace Watch: Look for All-State linebacker Cody McGuire to be an Ace this year. Already receiving division-1 offers, McGuire could post impressive tackle totals this year. Another player to watch is running back Jaylon Wade. With experienced linemen, Wade should have the opportunity to race away with the weekly award.

National Ink: With offers from ULM and Louisiana Tech already, McGuire can make another leap as a senior and catch the eyes of more college coaches. DeMarcus Matthews has the athletic ability to play at the next level and could gain some intrest over the course of the season.

Must-See Matchup: Almost in walking distance, the OCS-Sterlington rivalry is on the south campus this year. The Panthers visit the Eagles in week three. Other games to watch include Oak Grove and Winnfield as they are new to the district.

Postseason Prospects: The Panthers improved their record last year from the previous season to 6-6, but left after a second round exit. Former Neville defensive coordinator Jason Thompson has injected energy into this program. The Panthers won't play exactly like the Neville Tigers do, but a winning coach could propel Sterlington deeper into the postseason.

Coach Talk: "We win this season if we pick up on schemes sooner rather than later. We have new schemes on offense and on defense and the quicker we pick up on them, the better we will be. Our guys have worked hard, but still have ways to go. If we want to be successful, we have to adjust to the changes in place quickly,"
-- Coach Jason Thompson said.

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