Green Oaks ready for changes in upcoming season

NEW SEASON, NEW DISTRICT: With just three opponents remaining on their schedule from last season, the Green Oaks Giants will be lining up against some new teams this season.

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports

Green Oaks head coach Chadwick Lewis wasn’t surprised when the Giants were moved down to District 1-2A this season after reclassification by the LHSAA. Actually, it was something he saw coming.

“We kind of knew we would reclassify,” says Lewis, who is entering his second season as head coach. “Our numbers have dropped. We were able to play up the past few years and it worked out for us.”

You’ve heard it said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Sometimes, they actually change quite a bit.

First, the Giants’ schedule looks quite different as the only teams remaining on the schedule from last season are Carroll (Monroe), former 1-3A opponent Loyola, and long-time rival Booker T. Washington – who Green Oaks will play in the annual “Soul Bowl” on Sept. 17.

“Our schedule is kind of heavy those first five (non-district) games,” says Lewis. “We’ll be going up against mostly 4(A) and 5A teams. We should be able to compete. That will get us ready for district.”

That’s the next change for the Giants, who will now be in the district with Calvary Baptist (which moved up to 1-2A), D’Arbonne Woods, Lakeside, Loyola (which moved down to 1-2A), and North Caddo.

What will remain the same for Green Oaks this year will be youth. “We’re going to be young,” says Lewis. “Last year we only had seven seniors – we played a lot of freshmen and sophomores. And we’ve got only seven seniors this year.”

One of those seniors is 6-foot-1, 265-pound Kashaun Green, who will play all over the defensive line for the Giants. “In the four-man front, he’ll play tackle,” says Lewis, “and in the three-man front, he’ll play on the end.”

Green, who Lewis calls “one of our top guys,” will also play on the offensive line this season – a move that will hopefully create some big holes for the Giants’ running backs.

“We’re going to be running back by committee,” says Lewis. “We’re hoping that Christopher Hicks (5-4, 145, junior) comes out and makes that jump for us.”

Top wide receiver Delarrious Marshall will also see playing time at running back. “He’s pretty much our ‘do everything kid,’” Lewis says of the 5-8, 165-pound junior who has already received his first offer to play college ball. “He’ll play in the slot, on the outside and he is one of our top defensive backs.”

Lewis is hoping quarterback Tovoras Lee, who started as a freshman last year, continues to show improvement. “He’s still a year away from being ‘that guy,’” says Lewis, “but he’s more settled and is making better reads.”  

So, what will it take for the Giants to be successful this season? According to Lewis, that requires three things – listening, focusing, and remaining disciplined. Yes, they want to improve on last season’s 1-9 record.

“But it’s more so about making sure we’re competing every single game,” he says.

And that’s when things can really change.

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