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Wolves look to build experience

When D’Arbonne Woods took the field last Friday in
their first game of the season against St. Frederick, the
Timberwolves had lost at least 25 players from last year’s
44-man roster.
Fifteen players graduated, and at least 10 more had
transferred away from the school. Those who were left
did not take part in spring football and had very limited
participation in conditioning programs.
“We’re playing against programs that had off-season
programs,” coach David Feaster said. “They practiced in
the spring, lifted weights and took part in other activities.
They’re much more experienced.”
After holding out a dozen players in the jamboree
against Arcadia, the Wolves’ roster was at full strength
against St. Fred. Almost one-third of the rosters –nine of
30 players – are ninth graders, many seeing significant
playing time.
“We’re starting a lot of freshmen,” Feaster said. “I
thought they plugged away. They improved even over the
course of the game and gave great effort.”
St. Fred took a 49-6 win over D’Arbonne Woods in the
This marks the fourth – and final – season the Timberwolves
will play their home games at the former Bernice
High School stadium, 20 miles from their campus. In
August, the DWCS board of directors gave its approval to
plans for construction of a stadium at the school’s campus
Feaster said the game was played “in a great environment.
I just wish we could have given our fans more to
cheer about. To their credit, they all stayed until the end.
It was great to see our players and their families on the
field following the game.”

DWCS travels this week to play Cedar Creek. If geography
were the applied standard, it would seem the Cougars
could logically become the Timberwolves biggest rival.
Last season, they were paired in District 1-1A, where Creek
still resides. Increased enrollment saw D’Arbonne Woods
move up to Class 2A this season.
After holding a 6-3 lead at halftime against Class 3A
Loyola Prep (Shreveport), the Cougars fell behind by two
scores before coming back for a 20-15 win against the Flyers.
Jace Moses, playing his first season at quarterback,
put the Cougars ahead with a touchdown run with just
over a minute left in the game. He finished the night with
79 yards on 16 carries. Tripp Marcus was the Cougars
leading rusher on the night, with 16 carries for 99 yards
and a touchdown.
Feaster said Cedar Creek, who lost in the semifinal
round of last season’s Division IV playoffs to eventual
state champion Southern Lab, “certainly one of the best
teams we’ll play all season.”

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