westbankeagle Posted May 17, 2018 Report Share Posted May 17, 2018 Now that our great state is finished with track and beisbol, let's talk about what we think will happen next year. Obviously transfers, coaching changes, or a coup against the dumpsterfire LHSAA could change things, but otherwise based on what we know, what do you think will happen this year? Here is my predictions for 9-5A and D1. Projected Final 9-5A Standings: 1) Curtis (9-10 wins) Curtis will roll through the season as they bring the best talent back and arguably the best coaching staff. They are strong to quite strong at their most important position on the team, QB, with multi year starter in JR Guggenheim. At RB they have the fastest RB in the state with the indoor 60 dash winner Cory Wren. Curtis only has one season with less than 10 victories since 1974. 2) St. Aug (7-8 wins) St. Aug won't be far behind in the talent department but will be breaking in new HC Nathaniel Jones who has been a coordinator the past two years. Former HC for Karr for two years, one with a state runner up and the second struggling to get past .500. Many a great coached has been tamed by under-performance at St. Aug so we will soon find out if Jones is ready for his new role. 3) Rummel (6-7 wins) Senior leadership with Chandler fields at the helm will be a difference maker for at least one win this fall, but with much of the stable left for college, Fields will need to earn his keep or Rummel might fall to 5th. They aren't immune to a slip up year as in 2010 they went 4-6. 4) Brother Martin (6-7 wins) Finished strong with 6 of 7 wins in the last 7 games last year, but over achieved in a few of those victories. Head coach Mark Bonis has done a good job of making Brother Martin a competitive team most years, but they've lacked the execution to make themselves champions. The last district title was 10 years ago. They were state semifinalists four years ago in the watered down select bracket. 5) Holy Cross (6-7 wins) New head coach Guy Lecompte comes in from Mandeville who helped put that program on the map. He will have a tough road in his first year though as he wasn't named head coach until a little over a month ago and is inheriting a team that has averaged 5 wins the past 4 seasons. Question is, will he be able to fire these boys up in his first year or need to learn the ropes with is new team? 6) Jesuit (2-3 wins) Jesuit lacks the size and talent they have had in the past but the coaching staff always puts together a great game plan. 7) Shaw (1-2 wins) Some young talent may get Shaw a couple wins this year, but the program is still in rebuilding mode. A new on-campus stadium will help draw some local westbank talent and all it takes is a few kids each year and Shaw can be back on top. They have lost a few coaches the past couple years and will need to find good replacements. D1 Championship Game: It will be Curtis vs Catholic or Scottlandville, but I'll go with Catholic for now as they know how to get hot in the post season as of late. This rematch won't end the same way, though, and Curtis will win 26-10. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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