August 20, 2017 - The Haynesville Golden Tornado is coming off a season that ended with a tough loss in the 1A championship game.
Coach David Franklin tells us the team is moving on in this 23 in 23.
The 2016 season did not end the way Haynesville had planned, watching a 28-6 lead fade away in the loss to Logansport in the title game. That's added fuel to the fire for the team this off-season.
Michael Turner said, "It was very heartbreaking to lose like that in the fourth quarter, and I feel like this year we've got more motivation. We're more motivated this year, and we're working harder and harder every day. I feel like if we keep working hard, we've got another chance this year."
This year's team will have it's work cut out for them. Only one returning starter on offense. Coach Franklin says they've been working hard to get that group figured out.
David Franklin said, "You know we've got a lot of spots to fill, and of course we're young, and not quite as advanced in a lot of things that we were doing last year, but I'm very pleased with the conditioning of the guys. We've had a good summer. Very, very good attendance in the weight room this summer. We're working hard and running well, so we're excited with where we are right now."
With 17 state championships to their name, the expectations are high as always, but the team is taking the day by day approach.
You know we always have high expectations. We would like to make it back to New Orleans and do what we weren't able to do last year, but that's not all what it is. It's just right now being as good as you can, and making yourself better every day, and I'm looking forward to week one against North Webster.
Turner said, "Right now I feel like to make it to the playoffs right now, but after that I feel like if we do good we can get another run at the championship."
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