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|Prep football practice under way|
Prep football practice got off to a soggy start Monday as Ouachita Parish was hit with a deluge early Monday. All parish teams are preparing for the opening games of the season, Sept. 5.
The deluge continued on Tuesday, throwing practice schedules out the window.
"It was a little soggy today," said Neville coach Mickey McCarty about Monday's start. "We didn't get a whole lot accomplished. We don't have any indoor facilities where we can go. Our guys are still in a learning situation right now."
Neville is working toward the big prep jamboree at the University of Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, Aug. 30.
Neville will play West Monroe at the jamboree and Ruston faces
Ouachita as the Lions prepare for their opener at home against Ruston.
The West Monroe Rebels are also teeing it up for the first time this week.
"I know we have some skilled players," West Monroe coach Don Shows said. "I know we're looking for execution right now. It's really hard to say how things are since we haven't had pads. Everything is up-tempo, though."
The first game the Rebels are playing Sept. 5 will be at Thibodaux. The following week will begin the District 5-1A
Shows scored a major coup this season when he got all the Shreveport schools to come to Rebel Stadium. He only has two away games the entire season. The other game is at Ouachita
"We ended up doing a lot inside," said Wossman coach Vincent Landrum. "The main thing they work on is measuring to see how well they do during the next three weeks leading up to the jamboree."
Wossman's jamboree will be on Friday, Aug. 29 at Carroll.
"We want to measure their work as well as our work as coaches. I believe the guys really picked up doing what they're doing in the spring. We can use the information as building blocks."
The Richwood Rams were also eager to have their first practice session.
"We'll know in a little bit what we have," said Rams coach Warren Trimble. "We may not be able to get out today (Tuesday) but we'll see." The Rams were ready to take the field Monday afternoon preparing for their first game, Friday, Sept. 5 at Washington-Marion.
The Ouachita Lions are anticipating an exciting season in 2008 as well.
"We've done all we've been able to do so far," said Ouachita coach John Carr, who begins his fifth season at the Lions helm. "We haven't gotten as much practice due to the weather. Our players are excited about the coming season We've got a lot of work to do, and we've got a long way to go."
Carr said one of the bright spots will be having Montrell Conner coming back for his senior season.
"He rushed over 1,300 yards and missed two games and scored 18 touchdowns," Carr said. "He's an all-state player."
Conner, 6-2, 215-lbs. has verbally committed to Mississippi State but players can't sign until February.
The Ouachita Christian School Eagles also opened practice Monday.
The Eagles have nine returning starters on offense and six returning starters on defense.
The Sterlington Panthers are struggling to get a practice in and so far, according to coach Mike Collins, they haven't been very fortunate in doing so.
"We'll know more after this week," Collins said. "We've got about 35 out so far this fall. We're thin and inexperienced."
The Panthers will open the season Friday, Sept. 5 at Caldwell Parish.
The River Oaks Mustangs have been practicing over a week now preparing for their jamboree this Friday at home against and the season opener the following week at Riverdale and the following Friday at Porter's Chapel.
"Monday was good," said River Oaks coach Robert Hannah. "We'll have to go into the gym today (Tuesday). The speed is a little less, but we'll be able to work on a few things. So far things are going good."
The Mustangs will host a jamboree Friday against Franklin Parish. The action begins at 7 p.m.
"Things have been ok for us Monday and Tuesday," said West Ouachita coach Mitch Thomas. "We're not able to get out but there are some things we can do. I'm real pleased with how excited the players are and how anxious they are to get out there. As long as they stay excited we'll be in good shape. We'll meet with them and show films and lift weights. We don't want to get out and get someone hurt in weather like this."
West Ouachita will have a jamboree against Sterlington on Thursday, Aug. 28. The Chiefs will start the regular season on Friday, Sept. 5 at West Ouachita.