It is the dawn of a new day for Central Louisiana prep football.
To kick off the official start of fall practices, we have decided to compile a list of the top six players in Rapides Parish — or the “Super Six” — for the first time.
We hope that this will be a staple for years to come as we transition from the “Dog Days” of summer to the beaming of the fall Friday night lights.
Names are in alphabetical order, not based on ranking.
LB, Jr., Menard
An All-Cenla honorable mention last season, Badeaux has a chance to put even better numbers this season with Will Bordelon moving to the linebacker corps. Badeaux has a nose for the ball and is a sure tackler.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON: “Our motivation this year comes from losing to a Hail Mary last year when we were clearly about to win. We don’t want that to happen again so we’re working harder than we’ve ever worked before everyday.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM: “Being a part of our linebacker crew, he’s my buddy and I stick together with him. Just having somebody have my back on the field is something great to have.” – Will Bordelon, LB, Menard.
QB, Sr., ASH
One of the top quarterback prospects in the area, the 6-foot-6 Beck is looking to shine with new offensive coordinator Thomas Bachman at the helm. Last season, Beck ranked among the top quarterbacks in the state in yardage and turned in a 466-yard effort in wild game against Natchitoches Central.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON: “We want to win. I want to lead my team and do the best that I can to help them win football games.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM: “Beck is a great guy. He’s really good; it’s an honor to be a part of this with him.” – Wanya Kirklin, QB, Peabody.
LB, Jr., Menard
Moving from the trenches to linebacker, Bordelon will look to wreak havoc in open space with Badeaux as his running man. Not only is a good 2015 season on the Eagles’ minds, but so is getting rid of last season’s 27-24 Hail Mary loss to Dunham.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON: “The good season that we had and the loss in the playoffs really gave us a drive this year. We have to push harder in the playoffs and hopefully we can win a championship.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM: “He has my back. If I make a mistake, he’s going to be right behind me to clean up after me. It feels good having a safety net behind me.” – Sean Badeaux, LB, Menard
RB, Sr., Pineville
It is always important to have a workhorse at running back and Pineville has a pair of them. Green leads the running back duo and is poised to have a great senior year as the Rebels look to compete once again for a spot in the Class 5A playoffs.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON: “(The playoff experience) helped us out a lot. We saw new competition and where we have to get to just to make it back to the playoffs and hopefully get to state. It was a real boost for us and a confidence builder.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM: “Having him on the backfield really helps out a lot. I can block for him so he can come in behind me and score like we usually do.” – Landon King, RB, Pineville.
RB, Jr., Pineville
The other half of the Rebels’ ground attack, King will supply the “thunder” to Green’s “lightning.” Last season, King earned a spot on the All-Cenla Honorable Mention team and helped Pineville make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON: “(I’m expecting) a big season. I put goals on my team and I want to go to state.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM: “He’s a great blocker and a great running back. He’s all-around a great athlete to be on the field with.” – Jarious Green, RB Pineville.
Sadrick “Wanya” Kirklin
QB, Sr., Peabody
Last year’s All-Cenla Most Valuable Player helped the Warhorses earn their first playoff win in 50 years last season with a victory over Minden and will look to guide them to a repeat performance as they head to 3-3A. Like Beck, Kirklin was among the top quarterbacks in the state with 3,126 passing yards and 35 touchdowns.
THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON: “We have to get past the second round and to the Dome this year. That’s our main focus. It’s a season you don’t want to miss.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM: “We’ve played against each other the past couple of years and he’s a great athlete. He’s a quarterback on one side of the ball and a defensive back on the other side. He’s one of the best athletes in this area.” – Matthew Beck, QB, ASH.