Over the next four weeks, Loyola head coach Steven Geter will learn plenty about his football team.
And that’s just the way he likes it.
Starting with Friday night’s matchup against University High of Baton Rouge at Messmer Stadium, the Flyers face a pair of Class 5A teams along with two highly ranked lower-classification teams.
“It’s not there for us to pad the stat book or our record,” Geter said. “It’s there to get us ready for district and, hopefully, to compete in the playoffs. That’s why you schedule teams like U-High and Parkway.”
The Cubs come to Shreveport with a host of familiar names like Manny Miles and Nik Kragthorpe, sons of LSU head coach Les Miles and quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, respectively. Additionally, tonight’s game marks a homecoming for U-High assistant John Shoptaugh, a former Captain Shreve and Woodlawn head coach.
U-High also is a recruiting analyst’s dream, featuring offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield, a high-ranking junior, and defensive end Tim Williams, the state’s top noncommitted recruit in the Class of 2013, according to several recruiting websites.
“They’re a well-coached team with great athletes,” Geter said. “When you have Timmy Williams, one of the best defensive linemen in the state, it’s going to be a great challenge for our offense.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Williams looks and plays the part of a top recruit.
“He’s a great-looking kid that’s athletic and can run,” Geter said. “The main thing you see is he has a great motor. He plays every snap and you can tell he’s well-coached. He doesn’t make a whole lot of mistakes out there.”
The Flyers’ offense topped the 50-point mark in the first two weeks of the season before dropping to 34 points in a Week 3 victory over Many.
Loyola (3-0) will be at full-strength this week after running back/defensive back Logan Robertson served a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during a Week 2 scrum against Logansport.
In five quarters of action this season, Robertson has turned his eight carries into four touchdowns, but his influence stretches past the end zone.
“He’s been such a big presence in our secondary,” Geter said. “It definitely helps our team to have Logan back on the field.”
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