Varsity Preps

Part 1 Prelude To “The Road To The Dome”- Newcomers and Veterans – Dutchtown/Woodlawn BR

The 7 V 7 Tournaments and Camps are over and now it is time to get down to business. The regular season is upon us as 295 teams in the State of Louisiana will take the field this week for Game 1 of the 2017 season, pending the weather situation. This is the time that all the summer weight lifting and skill development begins to pay off. “Team” and “The Brotherhood” becomes so important.

As we approached the start of the 2017 season we were able to check out several programs in our state and the talented players that make up these programs. Each coaching staff from these programs are top notch. Their attention to detail and intensity during the pre-season games was no different then if it had been Game 1 to the Playoffs during the season.

Our first stop was Woodlawn Baton Rouge vs Dutchtown Scrimmage: The preseason scrimmage was held at Denham Springs High School due to wet conditions at Dutchtown.  This was one of many pre-season scrimmages in the Baton Rouge area for coaching staffs and players to get early reps, go through formations (defensive and offensive sets) and an important time to assess players and personnel grouping.

The Griffins will have several new names this season that will make their presence known.

2018 ATH Noah Gray – Gray is a return specialist as well as a very talented slot receiver. Gray and quarterback Ben Mays accounted for one of the biggest plays during the scrimmage as Gray caught a 54 yard pass from Mays and then raced to the endzone for a touchdown. Another great catch made by Gray was a 15 yard reception, in traffic, and then weaved his way through would be defenders to gain an extra 10 yards. He is a shifty and quick receiver with a great burst of speed.

2018 QB Ben Mays (6’2” 195) Ben is set to be the starter for the Griffins at quarterback. He is a tall quarterback with a powerful arm. Mays can deliver the deep ball of 40 plus yards with ease or can roll out of the pocket and deliver a nice strike to his Tight End breaking across the middle.

2018 WR Brandon Davis (6’3” 215) Davis makes his presence known on the field. Future opponents better know where he is and were he is headed. Davis is used in multiple sets for the Griffins. He will set up at TE or Slot receiver.  He also blocks extremely well down field. Davis can shows good speed getting up field after the catch, has great hands when receiving the ball and he doesn’t mind putting his shoulder down to take on tacklers if he is called upon to take the ball from the handoff. His measurable’s make him a great target for programs at the next level and is a “go to guy” for the Griffins.

2018 RB Brock Beaman (5’10” 175) Beaman is a spit fire running back, give him the smallest hole and he is through it.  He shows great ability to come out of the backfield for a pass and if he gets in open field he is hard to catch.  Beaman broke for a big run during the scrimmage that resulted in one of the Griffins touchdowns.

2018 FS Larry Hebert 6’0″ 180 Hebert is a solid player at Free safety for the Griffins.  He has a great eye for the play as it develops and will move up on the run out of his free safety spot to take on the tackle.

Younger guys to keep an eye on this year and we look forward to seeing more of: 

2019 CB Jordan Jackson  (5’10” 155),  2019 WR Terry Matthews , 2020 K Cohen Parent (who kicked a 45 yard field goal during the scrimmage) 

Big Guys for the Griffins:

2018 OT 6’5” 260 Noah Pitre , 2020 OL Riley Lawrence 6’3″ 268 (Varsity Starter since his Freshman Year) 

2018 DE 6’3” 220 Briant Parker Parker has length and speed. He is quick off the edge and has a relentless pursuit to the ball. He will follow the play protecting the backside in a full pursuit to make the tackle once he reaches his target, the ball carrier.

Woodlawn Baton Rouge players that stood out during the scrimmage:

The scrimmage proved to be very valuable for the Panthers.  The Panthers are a senior laden team as they have 30 plus seniors on their squad.  The starting quarterback for the Panthers will be 2018 Bryan Byrd (6’0″ 185) who sat out the scrimmage but will return to action for the Jamboree against East Ascension.

There were some new faces that have already proved they will be fun to watch this year and ready to get on the field for playing time.  We will be covering Woodlawn Baton Rouge more during the season for several games.  Here are a few players to keep an eye on, they will be stepping up during the season and making plays for sure:

#25 2020 RB Chris “CJ” McNair  – the first time McNair emgerged was last spring during the spring game vs John Ehret.  McNair has good speed and is a tough young back for the Panthers.  He shows great promise if he continues to progress in his skill set.

#9 2019 WR Bryson Reaser – Reaser is a go to guy for the Panthers.  He has sure hands, he stays aware of how the play develops on the field and will come back for the ball or lay a block for his quarterback.  He just makes plays.  He can be a real difference maker for the Panthers this season.

#3 2018 SS/OLB Deon’Tre Phillip

#11 2018 DB 6’0” 166 Jonathan Scott – Scott was tested all scrimmage long by the Griffins. He accounted for 3 PBU’s a forced fumble and also played excellent coverage defense which resulted in one pass being intercepted by a teammate.

2018 FS Xavier Lodge – (Louisiana Tech Commit) The “X-Factor” was a force on both sides of the ball during the scrimmage. Lodge made several stops from his Free Safety position that stopped the Griffins short of first downs or at the line of scrimmage. In coverage Lodge takes up space and plays man coverage to prevent passes getting to the receiver.

2018 DE 6’5″ 210 Anthony Arinze – Honor Student – Holds an offer from Southern University and receiving interest from Ivy League Schools

2018 DE/DT Kyron Mims  6’4″ 290 (Top schools – Colorado State, Ball State, ULM, and Samford)- Mims started off his pre-season and senior year with a bang as he came out of his defensive position and made a key sack on the quarterback Mays.  Mims has big play ability.

Where are we headed next…….Headed South of Baton Rouge to Spartan Country…….




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