Coach Rodney Guin’s Haughton Bucs are riding a streak of 11 straight winning seasons going into the 2013 football season.
The Bucs’ 7-4 record last year was their worst since a 6-5 season in 2005.
The only other Bossier Parish high school with a long streak of winning seasons is Parkway, with eight straight winning seasons after a streak of 10 straight losing seasons ended in 2004.
Other than Haughton and Parkway, the longest streak of winning seasons for Bossier Parish schools going into the 2013 campaign is two — by Airline, Bossier High and Louisiana New Tech (Plain Dealing).
Parkway had the best record in the parish last year at 11-2, followed by Airline’s 10-3 record.
Benton has struggled through three straight losing seasons after a streak of 13 straight winning seasons. The Tigers will be making their debut under Coach Reynolds Moore, who has spent the last four years at Bolton (Alexandria). Moore grew up in Carthage, Miss., and went to Ole Miss.
He expects the Tigers’ defense, with eight players who started as sophomores last year, to be pretty stout. Jordan Shaffer, the Tigers’ No. 1 quarterback last season, is back at that position. The probable running backs are T.J. Anderson, Xavier Washington and Chauncey Taylor. Center Nick Starkweather (6-0, 250) will be moving to a tackle position. Moore will be installing a spread offense.
“The running backs will have to be pass blockers,” Moore said.
The best record posted by any Bossier Parish team in the last 13 years was 12-1, by Haughton’s 2010 team. That season ended with a 49-41 playoff loss to Franklinton. The 2010 Bucs scored 628 points (48.3 per game), and allowed 292 (22.5 per game).
Two Bossier Parish quarterbacks passed for more than 2,000 yards last season. Hayden Hildebrand set school records with 2,995 yards and 25 touchdown passes for Airline, while Brandon Harris had 2,093 yards and 23 touchdowns for Parkway. Haughton’s James David Almond had 1,860 yards and 22 touchdown passes.
Three Bossier Parish players had more than 800 yards on pass receptions last year. Airline’s Laterious Pouncy had 60 catches for 1,032 yards and seven touchdowns, Parkway’s Brodrick Jefferson had 44 catches for 912 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Haughton’s Jarred Craft had 44 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns.
The Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association has been selecting a “Mr. Louisiana Basketball” each year since 1996. The first “Mr. Louisiana Basketball” was Lester Earl, of Glen Oaks (Baton Rouge). The only Caddo-Bossier player on the list is Stromile Swift of Fair Park in 1998.
It is pretty much the same with the “Miss Louisiana Basketball” awards, which also started in 1996, although Southwood’s girls have dominated Class 5A through the years. The only Southwood player on the list is Alana Beard, in 2000. The only other Caddo-Bossier player on the list is Lulu Perry of Benton, in 2012.
Anything decided by voting, whether it is by sports writers or coaches, will be slanted toward South Louisiana, where a vast majority of the votes are coming from.
Jerry Byrd is the former sports editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune and an award-winning columnist. You can contact him by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org