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Louisburg hoping to reap rewards of many returning players

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The Warriors are ready to bounce back this season
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The Warriors are ready to bounce back this season

Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong last year for Louisburg’s football team. Injuries made an already-thin roster even thinner. Max Jones started last year wearing No. 81 as a tight end and starts this year as the returning starting quarterback wearing No. 16.

It’s a season second-year coach Dontae Lassiter, a Louisburg alumnus, is glad to put in the rear view mirror. This year’s team should be stronger, faster and smarter with a slew of returning Warriors.

Only two players graduated from last year. Fourteen seniors make up this year’s team.

“We’re better for a number of reasons,” Lassiter said. “One, because we’re stronger. Last year we had two seniors, that’s it. We had 32 players, we return 30 players.”

Will the offense be improved?

Last year’s Warriors only scored more than 20 points on three occasions, including a 63-26 stomping of Northwest Halifax to get the season’s lone win.

Lassiter said his staff and his players are more detail-oriented and it’ll show. One of his goals is for Louisburg to move the chains with regularity.

“We want to be one of the leading rushing teams in the state,” Lassiter said.

What should be a team strength? Concern?

An extra dose of depth goes a long way. The offensive line won’t be asked to start on defense, and both sides will benefit. However, it’ll be hard to not play many of the skill position players both ways.

How does the schedule stack up?

The nonconference is filled with 2A teams (and one 3A in J.F. Webb), and a few of them are more winnable than they were last year. The biggest difference might come in conference play, where every game is in play thanks to graduation losses at other places and the Warriors’ bevy of experience.

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More on the Warriors

Last year: 1-10 (1-5 Tar-Roanoke 1A),

Five year average: 5-6 (4-2)

Preseason N&O rank: Unranked

Offense: Wing-T, wishbone

Defense: 4-3

Contributors: Max Jones (Sr., QB), Octavious Scoggins (Sr., RB/DB), Quamon Person (Sr., RB/DB), Noah Allen (Sr., OL), Jonathan Ward (Sr., OL), Bryan Bridge (Sr., OL)

The main number: 27 – the Warriors’ losses were by an average of 27 points per game.

Schedule

Aug. 19 at North Johnson, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 26 at Franklinton, 7:30 p.m.

Sep. 2 BYE

Sep. 9 at J.F. Webb, 7 p.m.

Sep. 16 vs. Bunn, 7:30 p.m.

Sep. 23 vs. Southern Vance , 7:30 p.m.

Sep. 30 vs. Warren County, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7* vs. Southeast Halifax, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14* at KIPP Pride, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21* at Granville Central, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28* at Northwest Halifax, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4* vs. Weldon, 7:30 p.m.

Note: *Conference game.

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