Friday at Mangham Stadium in Rayville, La.
Game 1: Cedar Creek at Rayville at 7 p.m.
Game 2: Cedar Creek vs. Lincoln Prep (Immediately After Game 1)
Game 3: Lincoln Prep at Rayville (Immediately After Game 2)
Glen Hall didn’t mix his words Wednesday when talking about this Friday’s jamboree and its significance to his Lincoln Prep football team.
The Panthers will travel to Mangham Stadium in Rayville to face Cedar Creek and the host Hornets with the jamboree starting at 7 p.m. Each “game” will consist of a 15-minute half.
“The main thing we are looking for is to build a foundation offensively and defensively,” said Hall. “We have so many young guys. I want to go in on offense and establish we can run the ball. You know I have pretty good size up front and I have a big bell cow in (junior offensive lineman) Imani Marcel, my 6-foot-3, 400-pounder who is going to pretty much carry us. WE are going to go where he wants us to go.
“Our new quarterback Tarell Simons … these guys … I just want them to get established. Once we establish the running game and we can use some play action pass, then we will be good to get out of there. It’s exciting for us.
“I want the defense to run around and fly around. I don’t want to see a lot of missed tackles. I want to become consistent on what we do.”
Lincoln Prep scrimmaged against D’Arbonne Woods and River Oaks in Monroe last weekend, and the Panthers coach knows for his team to be successful they must by physical up front and run the football.
“It’s a mindset,” said Hall. “The kids have to understand its up to us to go forward no matter who we are going against. I am going to keep running the ball and keep running the ball until they understand that this is what we have to do to be successful.”
Defensively, Hall said his group has some good size but depth could be a concern at times.
“I am a 4-2-5 guy,” said Hall. “We have some big guys but they can’t pay the whole time on defense so I may have to go to some 3-4 to give them a break. I might have to play some smaller guys and do some more blitzing and playing on both halves more than I ever have before.”
Panther fans should keep an eye on a number of Lincoln Prep defenders, including the two-way star Marcell (DT) as well as defensive end Jacobie Bedford and linebacker Nyzaeious Grimsley.
Hall said he hopes to see the same consistency from that side of the football that he witnessed in the scrimmages.
“I thought we were real aggressive up front,” he said. “We made tackles. We only missed three tackles. I was impressed by that. I thought the defense is becoming more consistent because we are tackling and getting off blocks.”
Following Friday’s jamboree, Lincoln Prep kicks off the regular season Sept. 3 against Beekman Charter at Eddie Robinson Stadium on the Grambling State campus.
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