Junior Reporter: I’m 10, I love the number 18 and I already bleed Purple and Gold

Note: The Shreveport Bossier Journal will promote the cultivation of aspiring journalists through our “Junior Reporter” series. Leading off is Parker Suckle, a 10-year-old student at St. Joseph. He’s an avid LSU fan (as you will find out) and recently was the runner-up for 5th-grade Student of the Year.

If you have a youngster interested in writing about sports, contact Roy Lang III (roylangiii@yahoo.com).

By PARKER SUCKLE, Journal Junior Reporter

I may only be 10 years old, but all my life I’ve always said that I’m a true LSU fan.

During my lifetime I’ve seen LSU football do some incredible things. I’ve also seen them do some things that weren’t so great. Even though they’ve also had some not-so-great seasons I’m always hopeful for them to do better next season, as a true fan should be.

I’ve been very fortunate to have gone to several LSU games at Tiger Stadium. When I go to a game, I love hearing the roar of the crowd and joining in the excitement when LSU scores. At the game, I always look for number 18 which is my favorite number. I also like to wear the number 18 to support the Tigers. Usually, I go to the game with my family. It’s a great way to spend time together. My eyes always widen when I hear that we have the chance to go to Tiger Stadium. There’s nothing better than Death Valley on a Saturday Night.

One of my favorite experiences with LSU football was when they went 15-0 back in the 2019 season. I had the privilege of going to the National Championship Game against Clemson in January of 2020. Watching LSU play a game like that made me believe that they could have another great season just like that one.

The next two seasons, however, the Tigers weren’t as good as I thought they would be. In 2020, LSU went 5-5 and in 2021, they went 6-7. Even though the Tigers didn’t have the seasons I wanted them to have, at least LSU can look forward to the 2022 season. LSU said goodbye to Coach O, but got to say hello to Notre Dame’s former head coach, Brian Kelly.

Brian Kelly comes from Notre Dame with a record of 113 wins and 40 losses. Brian is the winningest head coach in NCAA football. His winning percentage (.743) trails Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban (.770). With over 18 years of coaching, he brings the experience and the recruits we need for a successful season. I’m looking forward to the 2022 season with our new head coach.

As the Tigers walk out of the tunnel and hit the “Win Bar” this coming season, I believe they can overcome challenges. With Brian Kelly leading the team, my hope is that we can get back to a national title. I know that no matter what, I will be cheering on the Tigers and wearing my Number 18 jersey.