Last season: 3-7 (2-5 in District 4-6A)
Key players: WR Julian Jones (6-2, 165), LB De’quallon Jenkins (6-2, 220), LB Jarius Kennedy (6-0, 220), DB Stievor Bowden (5-9, 155), WR Moses Davis (5-8, 160), LB Kevin Ellis (6-3, 210), DE Cailon Washington (6-1, 215), DT Bryce Peoples (6-2, 245), LB Kaylin Jones (5-7, 185), OL Zaire Berry (6-3, 250), DT Abdullah Khan (6-0, 245), DB Michael Ussin (6-0, 155), DB Kaleem Hardaway (6-2, 185), QB Caleb Leake (5-10, 145), DB Michael Minor (5-8, 155), OL Steven Pena (6-0, 235)
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The big picture: North Crowley always seems to be a step away from getting the program farther down the road, but coach Eugene Rogers may have found the right mix. The Panthers play strong defense and were among the top 10 in several defensive categories through the first half of last season. But staying there, though, has been an issue, especially when injuries arise. DE Cailon Washington (40 tackles, four sacks) and DTs Bryce Peoples (46 tackles, three sacks) and Abdullah Khan can be all-area candidates up front. North Crowley brings speed at linebacker and defensive back. On offense, the Panthers have struggled to keep good field position and control the clock. Caleb Leake will get the signal-calling duties and the Panthers have numerous skill position weapons to chose from. Add an experienced offensive line and things could change quickly this season.
Quotable: “We did our evaluations in the off-season and felt like we didn’t get the ball enough to our guys that can help us get those crucial yards to win games.” — coach Eugene Rogers
“I’m not sure we have much to do now but go out and win some games.” — DB Kevin Ellis
“The main thing we need to do now is go out and perfect what we’ve been working on all spring. We have a game plan, we’ve heard what Coach Rogers has asked of us and if we go out and execute it, we can be a good football team this season.” — OL Steven Pena
Notable: This will be coach Eugene Rogers’ first class to play all four years in the North Crowley program.