District 1-5A football preview

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RACE COULD BE WIDE OPEN: District 1-5A boasts not one but two district champions from 2014. Byrd is the defending champion. The Jackets defeated Parkway 24-17 in OT in a game that ultimately decided the title. Perennial state power Evangel, which dominated District 1-3A, has moved into the district and has one of the state’s best quarterbacks in Connor Curry. Byrd was hit hard by graduation but the Jackets should be talented again. Airline has a wealth of experience and could challenge for the title. Like Byrd, Parkway lost some talented players, but the Panthers return All-Parish Offensive MVP Keondre Wudtee (above) at QB. Haughton’s speed and defense makes it a contender.

1-5A STORYLINES

ERENnIAL STATE POWER EVANGEL JOINS DISTRICT
The addition of perennial state power Evangel Christian Academy makes a strong district even stronger.
Evangel has won 13 state championships. Last year, the Eagles went 8-4 and lost to another private school power, John Curtis, 13-7 in the Division I quarterfinals.
The Eagles have one of the state’s top quarterbacks in Connor Curry, who is entering his third season a starter. According to the recruiting website 247sports, Curry has received offers from Clemson and Southern Miss and interest from several others.
Running backs Jarmarquez Mims and Corey Henderson also return.
Evangel last played in Class 5A in 2005 before the LHSAA ruled that teams could not play above their enrollment classification. The LHSAA reversed that ruling last year.

WILL BOSSIER PARISH TEAMS CONTEND FOR THE TITLE?
The Airline Vikings, Parkway Panthers and Haughton Buccaneers all have teams with the potential to compete for the title.
Airline has as much or more experience as any team in the district. Coach Bo Meeks expects his team to be in the thick of things but knows it won’t be easy.
“Over the past five years our district has become one of the toughest in the state,” he said. “You know every week will be a challenge and you better be prepared to play your best. There is a playoff-type atmosphere each week when you step on the field. We are looking forward to the challenge and excited about the opportunity to win a district.”
Haughton coach Rodney Guin also expects a challenge.
“Our key is to try to play well enough to try and win the district and get in the playoffs,” he said. “The playoffs aren’t going to be any harder than what we play in our district, so the key for us is going to get in there and I think we can compete once we get in there.”
Parkway coach David Feaster expects his team to contend despite having to replace most of his “skill” position players. He believes the district’s strength will benefit the top teams’ power ratings because 1-5A should be successful in non-district play.

2014 Standings

DIST ALL
x-Byrd 5-0 12-1
Parkway 4-1 8-2
x-Haughton 3-2 9-3
x-Airline 2-3 4-7
x-Capt. Shreve 1-4 4-6
Southwood 0-5 2-8
x-earned playoff berth

RETURNING ALL-DISTRICT PLAYERS

OFFENSE
POS. (team) NAME YR. SCHOOL
QB (MVP) Keondre Wudtee Sr. Parkway
RB (1st) Shuncee’ Thomas Sr. Airline
RB (1st) Kei’Untre Normandin Sr. Haughton
RB (2nd) Tysen Hardman Sr. Byrd
OL (1st) Colton Prater Sr. Airline
OL (2nd) Nikolas Holt Sr. Parkway
WR (1st) Cameron Howell Sr. Airline
WR (2nd) Antonio Woodfork Jr. Haughton
WR (2nd) Harvey Calhoun Jr. Airline
WR (2nd) Darian Germany Sr. Airline
ATH (1st) CJ Morgan Sr. Parkway

DEFENSE
POS. (team) NAME YR. SCHOOL
DL (2nd) Tyler McCallister Sr. Airline
DL (2nd) Kyler Marrus Sr. Parkway
LB (2nd) Ryan Black Sr. Parkway
LB (2nd) Semaj Tarver Sr. Parkway
LB (2nd) Vertrain Allen Sr. Airline
DB (1st) Trent Jones Sr. Byrd
DB (1st) Xavier Johnson Sr. Airline
DB (2nd) Julian Charles Sr. Capt. Shreve
DB (2nd) Tyrice Neal Sr. Airline

RETURNING ALL-STATE PLAYERS
POS. (team) NAME YR. SCHOOL
QB (HM) Keondre Wudtee Sr. Parkway
OL (HM) Colton Prater Sr. Airline

RETURNING REGULAR-SEASON LEADERS

PASSING – Keondre Wudtee, Parkway, 136-lor-236, 2,544 yards, 29 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

RUSHING – Kei’Untre Normandin, Haughton, 121 carries 828 Yards, 5 touchdowns; Shuncee Thomas, Airline, 138 carries, 751 yards, 10 touchdowns
RECEIVING – Cameron Howell, Airline, 45 receptions, 760 yards, 10 touchdowns

INTERCEPTIONS – CJ Morgan, Parkway, 3

TACKLES – Ryan Black, Parkway, 61; Lloyd Cole, Parkway, 56

Editor’s note: This appears in the 2015 Bossier Parish High School Football Preview section