Captain Shreve football, Byrd expected to rule LHSAA District 1-5A in 2022

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

Crosstown rivals Byrd and Captain Shreve battled to the wire in the District 1-5A football race last season, and the Jackets and Gators are expected to finish at the top again based on an anonymous poll of league coaches.

Shreve was selected to finish first by a point over Byrd, which won the 2021 matchup 28-10 as both schools finished 6-1 in the league last season. The Jackets’ only district loss was to Natchitoches Central. Parkway, which knocked the Gators out of the 2021 postseason, was selected third, followed by Benton, Haughton, Natchitoches Central, Airline and Southwood.

It appears Shreve will begin the season under interim coach Adam Kirby, the team’s offensive coordinator last season. He takes over for Bryant Sepulvado, who moved into administration as Shreve’s assistant principal. Airline will also have a new coach in Justin Scogin, who takes over for longtime coach Bo Meeks, who opted to retire amid health challenges.

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There’s plenty of quarterback talent in 1-5A, and it should make the league fun to watch. Captain Shreve’s Kenyon Terrell, Byrd’s Lake Lambert, Parkway’s Ashton Martin, Benton’s Gray Walters and Haughton’s Colin Rains are all seniors with plenty of experience.

Here’s a look at how District 1-5A could turn out:

1. Captain Shreve  

Coach: Adam Kirby (first year)

2021 record: 10-2, second round playoffs

Key players: QB Kenyon Terrell, QB, Sr., 5-11, 175; Chris Allen, OL, Sr., 6-3, 270; Aaron Holley, DL, Sr.; 6-3, 230; Marquez Stevenson, WR, Sr., 6-4, 170

2. Byrd   

Coach: Stacy Ballew (9-2, one season)

2021 record: 9-2, Division I quarterfinals

Key players: Lake Lambert, QB, Sr., 6-2, 185; Abram Murray, K, Jr., 6-1, 180; Jack Thigpen, OL, Sr., 5-10, 190; Kyle Sprague, OL, Sr., 5-10, 200

3. Parkway  

Coach: Coy Brotherton (41-27, six seasons)

2021 record: 8-5, LHSAA quarterfinals

Key players: Jaylan White, RB, Sr., 5-9, 165; Barrett Newman, LB, Sr., 6-1, 190; Greg Chitman, FS, Jr., 6-1, 180; Ray Mayweather, DL, Sr., 6-1, 210

Byrd vs. Captain Shreve Thursday evening at Lee Hedges Stadium.

4. Benton  

Coach: Reynolds Moore (79-62, 11 seasons) 

2021 record: 8-4, second round playoffs

Key players: Greg Manning, RB, Jr., 5-7, 150; Zach Halbert, LB, Sr., 6-0, 180; Sawyer Simmons, S, Sr., 61, 190; Landon Duggan, CB, Sr., 5-10, 165

5. Haughton  

Coach: Jason Brotherton (45-24, six seasons) 

2021 record: 5-6, (first round playoffs)

Key players: Colin Rains, QB, Sr., 6-0, 190; Dexter Smith, RB, Sr., 5-10, 170; Peyton Polk, OL, Sr., 6-3, 195; Jalen Lewis, WR, Jr., 5-11, 165

6. Natchitoches  

Coach: James Wilkerson (7-12, two seasons)

2021 record: 7-4

Key players: BJ Young Jr., QB, Sr., 6-0, 195; Tre’Darius Brown, OG, Sr., 6-2, 300; Tyler Johnson, OL/TE, Sr., 6-6, 300 

Captain Shreve hosts  Natchitoches Central in their 1-5A football game Friday.

7. Airline  

Coach: Justin Scogin (first season)

2021 record: 1-9

Key returnees: Ladarius Epps, QB, Jr., 5-9, 180; Daxton Chavez, WR, Sr., 6-4, 185; Carter Tate, DL, Sr, 5-10, 215; Tre Jackson, RB, Jr., 5-8, 165

8. Southwood  

Coach: Jesse Esters (0-10, second year)

2021 record: 0-10

Key players: Javeon Markray, WR, Sr., 6-0; Sean White, OL, Sr., 5-10, 265; Corinthian Walters, SS, Sr., 6-0, 205; Michael Morgan, RB, Jr., 6-1, 210

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.