Countdown to kickoff: North Crowley

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North Crowley

District 3-5A

Coach: Eugene Rogers

Last season: 3-7 (3-4 in District 3-5A), missed the playoffs

Key players: LT Morlin Anderson (6-2 250); WR Toras Hill (6-3 185); TE Ivan Jones (6-2, 195); LB Jerry Johnson (5-11, 205); Rover Jerry Giles (5-9, 175); CB James Battley (5-8 165); S James Nealy (5-11 185); QB Given Tippins-Hill (6-1, 160)

The big picture: As North Crowley players move from station to station during August practices, they are fired up amid a new atmosphere. Since his arrival in the spring, new coach Eugene Rogers has instilled a championship attitude. “The biggest difference from this year to last is our mindset; it’s one of a champion now and it’s going to help us get to where we want to go,” cornerback James Battley said. The Panthers return six starters on defense and five on offense, including quarterback Given Tippins-Hill, who threw for 842 yards a season ago. The team will still operate out of the spread, but has limited the schemes to make things simpler. Rogers said the key to success this season is setting the bar high. If the Panthers meet their expectations, look for them to take one of the four playoff spots out of 3-5A.

Quotable: “We’ve got playoff expectations this year. We have been working our tails off since Coach Rogers and his staff got here. We’re going to prove people wrong and make things better for North Crowley football.” LB Jerry Johnson

“We’re moving forward trying not to focus on what happened in the past, but rather to get them to buy into our system. We’re in one of the toughest districts, but I feel like with the athletes we have if the day is right we can get in. We can get into one of those four spots.” — Coach Eugene Rogers

Notable: The Panthers have won just three games each of the past three seasons.… Coach Eugene Rogers was the defensive coordinator for the 2003 team that won the state title.

— Greg Bogomol

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