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West Ouachita - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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West Ouachita – 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

 

Home/Away

9/6/13

Tioga

 

H

9/13/13

Sterlington

 

A

9/20/13

Bolton

 

H

9/27/13

Cedar Creek

 

H

10/4/13

Grant

 

A

10/11/13

Wossman

 

A

10/18/13

Richwood

 

H

10/25/13

Franklin Parish

 

H

11/1/13

Neville

 

A

11/8/13

Bastrop

 

H

 

Notes about the West Ouachita Chiefs

They Move the Chains: Seven starters return on offense including QB Clay LaBeff. This is the first time in the Joey Penders 4-year era at West Ouachita that the Chiefs have returned their top gunslinger. In addition to experience, LaBeff brings "football sense" to the position is primed for a huge season. West Ouachita has a nice combination of power and speed at the running back position. Spencer Hemphill (6-0, 215) is not afraid to run between the tackles. Joseph Tassin is the speed back and Pender calls him a "coaches dream". He says the 155 pounder would line up at offensive guard if it helped the team. Thankfully, the Chiefs will not need Tassin up front as they return several stars. Offensive guard Zack Staples (6-1, 270) has the footwork to play at the next level. Center Jake Lee is a beast in the weight room. This summer the 230 pounder bench pressed 250 pounds 17 times. Hunter Coker (6-3,180) has joined the program after making his name as a first baseman on the Chiefs baseball squad.

Blitz Patrol: Two juniors are being counted on to make some big plays for West Ouachita's defense. DE Titus Leonard continues to fill out and has the potential to be an offensive coordinators worst nightmare up front. Hunter McClain (6-3,220) has a big frame, but has shown the ability to run to the ball. Junior MLB Chase Thrower has made major strides and should have big year.

Ace Watch: With just five wins in the last three years, KNOE 8 sports has not made many visits to West Ouachita to hand out player of the week awards. This year's class believes that will change this season. LaBeff and Tassin have the potential to shine under the Friday night lights and dance away with Aaron's Aces honors.

Must See-Matchup: The season opener against Tioga could set the tone for West Ouachita's season. With three of their first four games at home, the Chiefs also have the opportunity to win over some fans and build momentum.

Postseason Prospects: With 13 starters back from last year's 2-8 squad, the Chiefs are eyeing a potential playoff berth. On paper this appears to be Joey Penders' best squad in his four seasons at West Ouachita. If they can avoid the injury bug and gain some confidence early in the season, the Chiefs could once again find themselves in the playoff picture.

Coach Talk: "We have struggled over the last couple of years, but I like this senior class and am looking forward to seeing them perform. They have worked hard this summer and their leadership has been outstanding."
— West Ouachita Head Coach Joey Pender

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