St. Fred hosts Oak Grove in jamboree
Courtesy of the News Star / Cody Glen
First-year Oak Grove head coach Ryan Gregory looks forward to the jamboree each year as the point when the “competition level” ramps up.
Coincidently, seeing the competitive nature from his team is exactly what Gregory will be looking for when his Tigers travel to St. Frederick Thursday with the junior high playing at 5:30 p.m., and the junior varsity and varsity to follow.
“I think the most important thing is our team keeping their intensity throughout the game,” Gregory said.
“We know St. Fred will be well coached and they are coming off a trip to the Superdome. We have to match their intensity and play with it the whole game.”
For St. Frederick coach Jeff Tannehill, this gives his defense another week facing a tough rushing attack.
“I think we had a good (scrimmage last week),” Tannehill said. “There are some things, such as stopping the run, that we need to improve on.”
Oak Grove looks to senior quarterback Chris Mitchell and a veteran offensive line to lead the squad. “Our whole front is back in the offensive line which is huge for us,” Gregory said.
“We have just four seniors total on the team that we lean on.”
The jamboree serves as a prime time for Gregory to see all his underclassmen in a game situation prior to the start of the LHSAA regular season next week.
“This is more than a practice, it is not a real game, but you get to see your team work in more game situations.”
The Warriors will continue working with a new look offense with sophomore quarterback Barrett Coon and senior running back Steele Boudreaux as first-year starters since Tannehill took over as coach.
“I think Steele has been running the ball well for us,” Tannehill said. “We can make improvements in a lot of areas, and it is early in the year.”