2014 results: 0-10 (0-5 in District 1-3A)
Head coach: Mike Concilio (40-46 in eight seasons as head coach, all at Bossier)
The buzz: The Bearkats will be moving up to 4A this season, which does not bode well for a young team coming off a winless season. Only six starters return from last year, but they will have quarterback Keimun Daniels back after a year of running Mike Concilio’s wing-T offense. Look for the Bearkats to have a lot of passion, if not a lot of success.
On offense, he’s the man: Keimun Daniels, QB, Jr.
Daniels is athletic, and the year of seasoning should benefit his decision-making in the multiple-option wing-T. He will have the advantage of three veterans on the offensive line – Mario Flores, Rhykime Smith and Caleb Ortega – to keep some of the heat off of him, but he does not have a back with any experience behind him.
On defense, he’s the man: Joseph Bush, DB, Sr.
Bush is one of only two returning starters on a defense that allowed nearly 40 points per contest. He will call signals in the secondary and must make plays for the Bearkats defense to have any success.
Others to watch: Mario Flores, C, Sr.; Rhykime Smith, OL, Sr.; Caleb Ortega, OL, Sr.; John Langston, DL, Sr.
Inside the numbers: 31
Only 31 players finished the season of the Bearkats’ active roster. Lack of depth was the key factor in the team’s disappointing campaign. More than 40 players came out for spring practice this year.
Don’t miss: Sept. 4 vs. Homer
Concilio has to get this team some confidence. Homer only won a single game last season. A winning attitude for the Bearkats starts here.
Three questions with: Bossier coach Mike Concilio
1. After two difficult seasons in a row, how do you redevelop a winning mindset with you players?
A: We just have to keep moving forward. The guys that stayed with the program after the first bad season and the guys that were there at the end of last season really came together as a group. They came in last spring and this fall and they wanted to get better, and they wanted to do it as a group. We’re going back to the right stuff and it’s good to see that’s what they want too.
2. Who are you going to look to for leadership, especially offensively?
A: You know, we played so many young guys over the course of the last few years that we now have a few guys with quite a bit of experience. Rhykime Smith is an offensive tackle for us and he’s a senior now. He’s been a rock for that group. Our quarterback Kiemun Daniels is back and he played every down for us last year.
3. What will you and your staff consider a successful season?
A: Already, even after the jamboree, what we would consider a move in the right direction we’re noticing now. And that’s more enthusiasm, more pride and more energy about playing the game. We’ve seen that already. As far as wins and losses, we understand we just want to make strides in the right direction. As far as the direction of success, we’re not looking to try and make goals where we can’t reach success. We’re going to take it slowly and build toward the following season and then hopefully we can turn this thing around.