by Lee Brecheen
|Lee with Head Coach Scott Abernathy|
May 20, 2010 – There’s an exit called Stonewall, which will take you to a small town which has a team called North Desoto High School. The school is very unique, because it has all three schools (High School, Middle School, and Elementary School) under one roof, and all located on the same grounds. The town is unique because it just hit one of the biggest oil and Gas finds in years, and just became one of the richest parishes in the state of Louisiana.
It’s also unique because it has a great staff with a lot of really young talent coming up. Head Coach Scott Abernathy, who coached at Byrd HS and Southwood for many years, brought a great attitude to these young men in a school where the kids are not used to the playoffs, until the last two years, and since coach Abernathy came aboard. The coaches do weekly checks as a staff about the kids’ grades, and make sure their doing what they need to do to make the best grades possible. It takes a lot of work and effort to check a kid’s grades weekly and shows you the type of dedication these coaches have to the school and to the kids.
The team has a small senior group, but a large number of young kids who might turn out to be college players in the next two years. The king of the team as far as college ability goes is King Jimmerson (6-2, 175). He’s a lean and talented kid. King can run the forty yard dash in 4.5 seconds and the 100 meters in 10.9. King carries a 3.3 GPA in the classroom. LB/TE Chase Simmons (6-2, 205) and DB Cavante Thomas (5-9, 165) are other seniors who are really good players for the team. Chase has a 3.25 GPA in the classroom, and Thomas has a 3.3 GPA.
I was able to find out that by the summer of 2011, the team will get a 10,000 square foot Athletic Facility, and by the 2011 season might have a Turf Field installed for the season in 2011.
Everything is looking up in the parish, not just Oil and Gas, but a team called North Desoto High School who will possibly be a contender every year from here on out in football. I enjoyed meeting the kids, and would like to thank Coach Abernathy for taking the time to visit with me, and talk about the team.
Note: North Desoto High School RB Javorris Murray who signed with McNeese State in 2009, hurt his knee in the spring game, and might miss the 2010 season. Murray is a hard worker, and will be back for 2011 season. Murray is 5-10 and 200 pounds, runs a 4.5 forty, and should still run a 4.5 after his knee heals up for the 2011 season.