Warriors look to continue postseason run
Over the past decade, St. Frederick High School has quietly built a consistent state contender football program as the Warriors have made the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) postseason for the last five consecutive seasons and ten out of the past twelve years including a 2013 Division IV state runner up finish and a Division IV quarterfinalist appearance last season.
If St. Frederick is to be successful on offense, the Warriors will need to find a replacement for multi-year starting quarterback Barrett Coon who graduated last May. Senior quarterback Tyler Harris (5’11”, 160 pounds) will get the call to fill the shoes of the departed Coon.
Last season, Harris was utilized as a receiver and kickoff returner. In 2016, Harris had 22 receptions for 508-yards with 7 touchdowns receiving while rushing for 209-yards on 16 carries with 3 rushing touchdowns. Harris was a game changer as the Warriors’ kickoff returner in 2016 which saw Harris have 3 kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Even though St. Frederick lost two 2016 All-District 2-1A offensive linemen in Haynes Barr and Charlie Walters last May to graduation, the Warriors return a good nucleus of their offensive line with senior offensive tackle Seth Trezise (6’4”, 257 pounds), senior offensive guard Dan O’Leary (5’9”, 206 pounds) and senior offensive tackle Bobby White (5’10”, 251 pounds).
St. Frederick has some experience coming back at receiver with senior wide receiver Jamie Randels (5’7”, 150 pounds), senior wide receiver Tyler Cook (5’9”, 131 pounds) and junior wide receiver Ford Sparks (5’11”, 135 pounds).
The Warrior defense will be led by 2016 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s (LSWA) Class 1A All-State first team linebacker in senior Weston Swanner (5’8”, 195 pounds) who returns for his senior season.
In 2016, Swanner led the Warriors with 148 total tackles (104 solo tackles, 44 assists), 12 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
Joining Swanner in the St. Frederick linebacker core will be junior linebacker Jett Polk (5’7”, 140 pounds) who was a consistent contributor on defense in 2016 with 97 total tackles (67 solo tackles, 30 assists), 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 interception, 2 pass break ups, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. Junior
Senior defensive end Campbell Creed (6’3”, 200 pounds) and senior defensive tackle Demarco Collins (5’11”, 290 pounds) are the leading returners on the St. Frederick defensive line. In 2016, Campbell had 36 total tackles (29 solo tackles, 7 assists), 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 7 quarterback hurries and 1 fumble recovery while Collins had 35 total tackles (27 solo tackles, 8 assists), 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries.
The Warriors defensive back field will be led by junior strong safety Evan Venable (5’9”, 176 pounds). In 2016, Venable had 97 total tackles (72 solo tackles, 25 assists), 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 6 pass break ups and 1 forced fumble.
St. Frederick returns LSWA Class 1A All-State first team kicker in junior Gavin Corder (5’11”, 165 pounds). Last season, Corder was 7-of-9 on field goals with his long of 44-yards. One of the most impressive stats is the fact that Corder has only missed one point-after-touchdown (PAT) kick in the past two seasons.
In addition to his kicking duties, Corder is a key component in the Warriors’ defensive secondary at corner back. In his defensive role in 2016, Corder had 31 total tackles (25 solo tackles, 6 assists), 1 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions (including one returned for touchdown) and 7 pass break ups.
The road to a sixth consecutive playoff berth and postseason success will be challenging one for head coach Jeff Tannehill’s Warrior as the 2017 St. Frederick football schedule features eight playoff teams from 2016 including two semifinalist, five quarterfinalist and one regional playoff qualifier.
The Warriors will open their 2017 football season on Friday, September 1 when the Warriors host the D’Arbonne Woods Charter Wolves. In week 2, St. Frederick will take to the road to play the Mangham Dragons on Friday, September 8.
On Friday, September 15, the Class 3A Loyola Prep Flyers will come to St. Frederick’s Chip Luffey Field.
The Warriors will open their District 2-1A schedule on the road when St. Frederick travels to St. Joseph, LA to play the Tensas Parish Panthers.
The Oak Grove Tigers will travel to Monroe for a week 5 District 2-1A showdown at St. Frederick on Friday, September 29.
On Friday, October 6, St. Frederick will again to take to the road as the Warriors travel to face the Sicily Island Tigers in another District 2-1A contest.
St. Frederick will host the Cedar Creek Cougars on Friday, October 13 and the Warriors will travel to Ferriday to face the Delta Charter Storm on Friday, October 20.
Friday, October 27 will see the Warriors travel north on US Highway 165 to face their cross town rival Ouachita Christian Eagles at OCS’s Eagle Stadium.
St. Frederick hosts the Delhi Bears in the Warriors’ District 2-1A and regular season finale on Friday, November 3.
ST. FREDERICK WARRIORS’ SIDE BAR
St. Frederick Head Coach: Jeff Tannehill (5th Season / St. Frederick’s Overall Record: 30-20 / District Record: 15-9)
St. Frederick Assistant Coaches: Billy Bell, Willie Ragan, John Nix, Michael Johnston, Hughie Parker, Delton Dearman, Todd Slusher, Nathan Johnson, Zack Hamm, Joey Lee
St. Frederick Home Football Stadium: Chip Luffey Field (Natural Grass)
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St. Frederick Warriors’ Past Five Seasons:
2016 Overall Record: 7-6 District Record: 5-2 (District 2-1A Third Place, Quarterfinal Playoff Qualifier)
2015Overall Record: 6-5 District Record: 5-2 (District 2-1A Third Place, Regional Playoff Qualifier)
2014 Overall Record: 7-4 District Record: 3-2 (District 2-1A Third Place, Regional Playoff Qualifier)
2013 Overall Record: 10-5 District Record: 2-3 (District 2-1A Fourth Place, Division IV State Runner-Up)
2012 Overall Record: 6-5 District Record: 2-2 (District 2-1A Third Place, Bi-District Playoff Qualifier)
State Championship Season(s): none
State Runner-Up Season(s): 1 – 2013
State Semifinalist Season(s): 1 – 2013
State Quarterfinalist Season(s): 5 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2013, 2016
State Playoff Seasons: (19 playoff appearances / 1976, 1977, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Playoff Record: 14-19