Coaches talk new season

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Dinner builds anticipation before 2013 Jamboree

The Bossier City Lions Club Jamboree is just days away and Bossier Parish teams are ready to rumble.

Coaching staffs from all six high schools gathered at Airline Baptist Church Monday night for the annual Jamboree dinner, a night where school rivalries and competition are set aside to preview each team’s upcoming season. If there’s one thing each team agreed upon is that this season will be one to remember.

New to Louisiana New Tech @ Plain Dealing is head coach Coy Brotherton. He said his team graduated eight seniors last year, including their quarterback and several defensive players, so they are starting the season with a positive attitude.

“We will do what we have to do to get better,” Brotherton said. “We’re definitely young and we have a lot of work to do, but we’re going to give it out best this Friday.”

Benton High School also has a new head coach. Leading the Tigers this season is Reynolds Moore, who said they will be giving it their all against Parkway in the Jamboree.

“Our guys have gotten a lot better,” Moore said. “They have worked their tales off, we have an explosive new offense unlike they’ve ever seen and we’re looking forward to executing better than we did in the scrimmage.”

Haughton head coach Rodney Guin said the Bucaneers are ready to face the Vikings Friday night on their home turf. Despite their size difference, Guin said his team won’t give up without a fight.

“We’re excited about our team and we’re looking forward to the season,” Guin said. We’ve got some very talented, skilled guys that are ready to play. They enjoy the competition and the Jamboree is a big deal to them.”

Airline head coach Bo Meeks said the Vikings will use the Jamboree game against Haughton to find out more about themselves as a team.

“Our expectations from year to year don’t change,” Meeks said. “We compete hard for the district championship every year. That’s the reason we work hard so we get better and are able to compete better through the season.”

Parkway head coach David Feaster said the Panthers are entering the fall season after an exciting spring scrimmage, which caught the attention of college scouts and quarterback Brandon Harris’ commitment to play at LSU.

“That’s out of the way and it’s time for business again,” Feaster said.

Bossier High head coach Michael Concilio said his Bearkat team has 14 seniors leading the team this year and a lot of new faces on the field. Last week’s scrimmage, he said, gave the team an early indication of their abilities to work together and has stirred excitement in the group.

“Red River showed us some things we need to work on,” Concilio said. “We’re not necessarily young, but the guys we have now will be seeing more time on the field. We know that our schedule will require them to mature quickly, but we’re excited for Friday nights and for the season ahead.”

The Lions Club Jamboree is a fundraiser that benefits the school system and community through scholarships, free eye exams and glasses for school age children and vision screenings for more than 1,000 preschool children in Bossier Parish.