DATE OPPONENT TIME
Sept. 4 Plain Dealing 7 p.m.
Sept.11 @ Minden 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 Woodlawn (IS) 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 Green Oaks 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 Southwood (LHS) 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Byrd (LHS) 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 Airline 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 @ Parkway 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 Evangel 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 Captain Shreve 7 p.m.
Like last season, no team will be able to put more speed on the field on offense than the Bucs. RBs Kei’Untre Normandin, the parish’s leading rusher last year, and D’Kovin Ware and WRs Josh Lister and Antonio Woodfork are capable of scoring on any play. Jonathan McCleskey is the only returning starter on an offensive line has more size than in recent seasons. How new quarterback Darius Brooks develops as the season goes along will be a big key.
A core group of players who got better as the season went along returns from last year. With Harrison Voight, Chance Brown and Terrance Sweeney returning up front, the defensive line should be a strength. LB Duncan Smith returns along with DBs TJ Sweeney and Jeremiah Wilson. “We think this will be one of the better defensive groups we’ve had in the last few years,” Haughton coach Rodney Guin said.
Haughton has averaged 8.6 wins over the past five seasons and there’s no reason the Bucs can’t reach that again. District 1-5A is one of the toughest districts in the state. If Brooks and a relatively inexperienced offensive line develops early in the season, the Bucs have the capability of winning it. There will be likely be no cakewalks in 1-5A, though.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
The returning first-team All-Parish player was the parish’s leading rusher last season. He gained 828 yards on 121 carries and scored five touchdowns. Normandin isn’t very big, but he’s a tough runner who is hard to bring down. He’s also deceptively fast and capable of breaking long runs.
The junior speedster has the potential to be a big-play receiver. He was the state runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles last spring. Haughton coach Rodney Guin calls him “our best all-around football player. He can play offense, defense, whatever we need him to play he will be good at. it.”
The junior has been a starter since his freshman season. He’s a tough player who has a nose for the football and is a leader by example. Smith had 46 solo tackles and 50 assists last season. “He’s just a high-intensity guy,” Guin said. “He plays hard every play.”
The senior, along with fellow defensive back Jeremiah Wilson, provides the Bucs with experience in the secondary. Both are impact players. “He’s our team leader on defense,” Guin said of Sweeney. “He’s a difference-maker, makes big plays, and just a great tackler back there.”
Editor’s note: The above appears in the 2015 Bossier Parish High School Football Preivew