Don’t look now however persons are discovering the soccer program of Kenner Discovery.
In three years (two on the varsity stage), P.J. Sprunk has constructed a stable program, posting an 11-8 file on the new college with positive amenities, positive younger males and persevering with to develop.
The Swamp Owls lastly graduated a category of gamers and should change the likes of working again Matthew Geraci, offensive lineman Mo Abbas, center linebacker Logen Colomer and defensive backs Drake Johnson and Micoli Murphy.
Regardless of the lack of 5 starters, 17 starters return to make Kenner Discovery a formidable pressure in 2021 and there are 19 gamers again who began at the very least a recreation a 12 months in the past.
“We have now constructed it in 4 years to the place now we have extra expertise and extra expertise,” Sprunk stated. “Yearly, it will get higher with the younger males understanding what we try to perform. Among the seniors now have been right here that first day after we began this system with 11 children. We have now extra numbers, extra dimension and extra pace and now we have many four-year starters.”
It begins at quarterback with senior Kristian Kraft (5-10, 168). Kraft is a four-year starter and a twin menace.
“Kristian walked on campus 4 days earlier than college began as a freshman and he has began each recreation for us,” Sprunk stated. “He’s a twin menace and was our second main rusher final 12 months and he can throw. He’s an excellent scholar, very sensible.”
Junior working again Luke Geraci (5-9, 190) returns as properly and he can be joined within the backfield by junior Kaare Smith (5-10, 205).
“Luke is able to step in and play properly whereas Kaare is a switch from Bonnabel and we predict large issues from him,” Sprunk stated.
A pair of extensive receivers return in juniors Labyron Martin (5-11, 170) and Landen Boyington (5-10, 184). Martin was excellent final season with 983 yards receiving and 486 yards dashing to go together with seven touchdowns. They are going to be joined by junior Dante Thomas (6-2, 170) and sophomore Connor Smith (5-11, 170).
“Labyron is a triple-threat,” Sprunk stated. “He’s an excellent excessive jumper in monitor and our place to begin guard in basketball. He can catch it, run it and line up at quarterback for us and even throw it. Smith is a participant we’re actually enthusiastic about as properly.”
Senior tight finish Chad Woodson (6-2, 235) brings dimension and expertise to the in-line place. Woodson is a bodily pressure, transformed from extensive receiver and is an effective basketball participant for the Swamp Owls.
“Woodson has began since his sophomore 12 months,” Sprunk stated. “He has actually grown in two years, in top and weight. He’s an enormous weapon for us, can press the sphere and may block. He has a proposal from Louisiana School and has different curiosity. He might take off this season.”
Up entrance, the Swamp Owls are big and stable with 4 starters returning, led by mammoth senior Brian Lacey (6-3, 355). Juniors Dashawn Clark (5-9, 305), Aaron Andrus (6-6, 298) and Emmani Chapman (6-3, 295) return as properly. Seniors Damon Robinson (5-10, 305) and Victor Cortes (5-10, 255) will even play.
“The Clark brothers have began for us for 2 years already,” Sprunk stated. “Dashawn actually good for us. He’s fast and powerful. Each have been all-district gamers, one on offense and one on protection, together with Deshawn on the defensive aspect. Aaron and Emanni have been good final 12 months. We have now superb dimension up entrance.”
The protection may be very skilled as properly with 10 starters again from a 12 months in the past.
Up entrance, senior Tommy Cagle (6-4, 220), together with juniors Tariq Coleman (6-2, 240), Deyaa Attamarri (6-0, 255) and Deshawn Clark return and they are going to be joined by junior Angel Rivera (6-1, 235). Cagle is the chief of the group.
“Cagle has school curiosity and is the prototypical defensive finish,” Sprunk stated. “He has labored exhausting within the weight room and could be the strongest younger man on our staff, pound-for-pound.”
A pair of gamers with expertise from final 12 months are again in senior Joel Machado (5-9, 210) and sophomore Osvaldo Natividad (5-10, 230).
“Osvaldo was a defensive lineman final 12 months and he’ll play center linebacker this 12 months,” Sprunk stated. “Machado was a reserve however performed in each recreation final 12 months.”
4 starters return within the secondary, together with junior corners Marcus Clark (5-8, 155) and Nick Scandurro (5-9, 168). Senior robust security Zander Milton (6-0, 170) and junior free security Dallas Horton (5-9, 170) additionally return. Milton is the standout of the group, having already accrued seven school scholarship gives.
“Milton has seven gives and he has accepted the function of being a pacesetter on our staff,” Sprunk stated. “He has turned it on the final two years. He has an opportunity to draw extra gives.”
The brand new gamers within the deep are senior Landen Bull (5-9, 169), junior Kesler Ruiz (5-10, 165) and sophomore Cam Gardener (6-1, 180).
“We name Gardener the quiet murderer,” Sprunk stated. “He doesn’t discuss a lot however actually talks on the sphere. He has an opportunity to be a particular participant for us.”
Ruben Varela (5-11, 200) returns to deal with kicking and punting duties and is a weapon.
The schedule opens at house in opposition to Riverdale earlier than a metropolis rivalry assembly in opposition to Bonnabel. After internet hosting Grace King, the Swamp Owls have a highway journey to Morgan Metropolis. Dwelling video games with Fisher and Salmen observe. A visit uptown to face Lusher Constitution is the ultimate non-district recreation.
“We’re a 3A college and many of the colleges round us in Jefferson Parish are 5A colleges,” Sprunk stated. “Riverdale has been fairly aggressive. Bonnabel can be an awesome rivalry for us. We scrimmaged Grace King final 12 months. We had an identical open date to face Morgan Metropolis. Fisher is aggressive and performed us powerful. Salmen is sweet and getting higher. Lusher was out final 12 months with COVID. It must be an awesome recreation for us.”
District 11-3A play has the Swamp Owls internet hosting Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 22. Then comes a house recreation in opposition to highly effective De La Salle earlier than closing on the highway in opposition to Haynes Academy.
“De La Salle is the extent that you just need to get to,” Sprunk stated. “Graham Jarrott will hold what Ryan Manale established going. They’re actually good. Our youngsters sit up for the problem to see the place we’re. We beat Haynes final 12 months after they beat us the earlier 12 months. We additionally cut up with Thomas Jefferson the final two years.”
With a ton of expertise, opponents are about to find a younger program poised to return of age, maybe sooner than anticipated, at Kenner Discovery.
“We need to take the subsequent step after making the playoffs final 12 months,” Sprunk stated. “Final 12 months was so tough, such a problem for us and for everybody. It’s such a reduction and blessing to have the youngsters working collectively. The most important distinction now’s that now we have a whole lot of depth and now we have an outstanding employees right here. We have now 75 guys and we’re able to take the subsequent step.”
Click here for extra CCS Prep Soccer staff previews (together with archives of previous season preview).