Hurricanes aiming high
Tom Dodge / Sports Editor
Posted on August 22, 2004

LEBEAU — North Central head football coach Herb Lamb is hoping this year´s Hurricane team will be remembered as the little team that could.

Even though the North Central Hurricanes enter the 2004 football season with 27 players, Lamb is expecting good things from his squad.

"If we can stay in ball games we will have a chance to compete at the end of the game and win," Lamb said. "We have some good athletes who can make some plays.

"I have been the head coach here for eight years," Lamb said. "I feel good about this team because we have good skill people.

"We have the potential. We have the talent, it will be just how well we form together as a team."

According to the Hurricane coach, Marcus Williams will be the starting quarterback and Kennard Tanner will be one of the other main offensive threats this season.

"Kennard Tanner, I feel is one of the best players in the parish. We can put him anywhere," Lamb said. "On offense he will be playing quarterback, wide receiver and tailback for us. On defense, he will be playing cornerback and free safety."

Lamb said defense may be the strongest side of the ball for the Hurricanes.

"We have Lamar Dixon, Anthony Jackson and Bryce Swasey," he said. "They have all played steady for us.

"Joseph Stein and Jeremy Doucet will also be key players this year."

Lamb said the spirit is high on the football field and his players are excited about the season.

"Defense we should do well," he said. "No question about it. We will be more aggressive and quicker.

"On offense we have the potential to make big plays, just because we can create things with Kennard Tanner and the offense."

Lamb said starting out of the gate strong, improving each week as the season progresses into district.

"We have a tough schedule," Lamb said. "There is not a team that we can say we will win that game, but I don´t think the other teams can say that when they play us either."

North Central open against Rayne, Avoyelles and Ville Platte before facing parish rival Northwest.

The Hurricanes then begin District 7-2A action against Pointe Coupee Central for homecoming.

"We have to eliminate the mistakes," he said rebounding from last year´s 2-8 finish. "If we can eliminate the mistakes we will be a much better team.

"Last year, we were 0-6 before we won a game," Lamb reflected. "We won two district games, which proved to us we can win in our district.

"If we can get our kids to believe," Lamb said. "We want our kids to win more games than we did last year.

"If we can get to the playoffs, anything can happen."