The West Ouachita Chiefs enter “Year Two” of the Matt Middleton era at West Ouachita, and the Chiefs will field one of its largest rosters in the history of the school.
West Ouachita has over hundred players on the Chiefs’ 2018 varsity roster which should provide plenty of depth and bodies situational practice time for Coach Middleton and his coaching staff to work with this season.
Last season, the Chiefs faced a tough schedule but managed to finish 3-7 overall and 1-2 in District 2-4A which placed West Ouachita in third place behind district champion Neville and district runner-up Bastrop.
Coach Middleton has always been known for his passion for the game and his offensive ingenuity.
This season, West Ouachita will look to junior quarterback Tobias Owens (5’9”, 180 pounds) to lead the Chiefs’ offensive attack. Owens has seen time as a running back and has athletic ability to outrun or run over potential defensive personnel.
Joining Owens in the Chiefs’ offensive backfield will be junior running backs Alfred Cole and Jordan Carter.
West Ouachita’s receiving core will consist of sophomore wide receiver Matt MacCallister (5’9”, 164 pounds), sophomore wide receiver Brady Rawls (5’9”, 130 pounds) and junior wide receiver Hayden Rowe (5’9”, 155 pounds).
The Chiefs offensive line includes junior left tackle Chandler Simpson (6’1”, 210 pounds), senior left guard Ethan Walters (5’11”, 250 pounds), junior center Michael Bohn (5’10”, 296 pounds), senior right guard Noah Powell (6’3”, 270 pounds) and senior right tackle Dustin Deville (6’5”, 277 pounds).
On defense, West Ouachita’s defensive front seven will feature senior defensive end Garrison Lowder, senior defensive tackle Dillon Rayner, junior defensive tackle Tim Andrajack, senior defensive end Wess Carter (6’2”, 230 pounds), junior linebacker Montana King, junior linebacker Ethan Plunk (5’10”, 165 pounds) and senior linebacker Coleman Towns (5’8”, 150 pounds).
The Chiefs’ defensive secondary will have senior free safety Blake Linzay, senior strong safety Kyler Rawls, left cornerback Zak Ponder and junior right cornerback Jakobe Holland (6’1”, 150 pounds).
On special teams, Luke Stagg will be the West Ouachita kicker in 2018.
West Ouachita will open its 2018 regular season on the road as the Chiefs will travel to battle the Sterlington Panthers on Friday, August 31.
Weeks two and three will see the Chiefs at home facing the Loyola College Prep Flyers on Friday, September 7 and the Pineville Rebels on Friday, September 14.
On Friday, September 21, West Ouachita travels to Springhill to take on the North Webster Knights.
The Chiefs will open a two-game homestand when the Ruston Bearcats come to A.R. “Red” Sims Stadium on Friday, September 28. On Thursday, October 4, the DeRidder Dragons will come to West Ouachita.
West Ouachita will close out its pre-district schedule with a trip to Deville, Louisiana to battle the Buckeye Panthers on Friday, October 12.
On Friday, October 19, West Ouachita will open its District 2-4A schedule on the road against defending district champion Neville Tigers.
The Bastrop Rams will invade West Ouachita’s A.R. “Red” Sims Stadium on Friday, October 26 in another key District 2-4A match-up.
West Ouachita will close out its regular and District 2-4A schedules on the road as the Chiefs travel to Winnsboro to face the Franklin Parish Patriots on Friday, November 2.
West Ouachita fans can listen to all of the 2018 Chiefs’ varsity football games on KRJO My FM 99.7 FM.
WEST OUACHITA CHIEFS’ SIDEBAR
West Ouachita Head Coach: Matt Middleton (2nd Season)
West Ouachita Assistant Coaches: Colby Mitchell, Justin Primm, Ricky Crowell, Koby Lee, Brennen Zigler, David Batson, Brad Cochran, Dalton Hamby, John Nix, Michael Rainwater, Bonner Bordelon, Bobby Crockett, Thompson Murphy and Kade Batey.
West Ouachita High School’s Home Football Stadium: A.R. “Red” Sims Stadium (Artificial Turf)
West Ouachita Chiefs’ Varsity Football Games will be broadcasted on KRJO MY FM – 99.7 FM
Ouachita Parish’s’ Past Five Seasons:
2017 Overall Record: 3-7 District Record: 1-2 (District 2-4A Third Place, Did not qualify for the playoffs)
2016 Overall Record: 4-6 District Record: 1-4 (District 2-4A Fifth Place, Did not qualify for the playoffs)
2015 Overall Record: 6-5 District Record: 2-3 (District 2-4A Fourth Place, Bi-District Playoff Qualifier)
2014 Overall Record: 7-4 District Record: 1-3 (District 2-4A Fourth Place, Bi-District Playoff Qualifier)
2013 Overall Record: 3-7 District Record: 0-4 (District 2-4A Fifth Place, Did not qualify for the playoffs)
State Championship Season(s): 0
State Playoff Seasons: (10 playoff appearances / 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015)
Playoff Record: 3-10 (Defeated Bolton at Home 42-21 in 1996, Defeated Edna Karr 31-17 at home in 2004, Defeated Tara on the road 33-0 in 2007).