Breaking out the pads this week, the Sterlington Panthers continued preseason workouts.
Four seniors — right tackle Chase Parks, quarterback Blake LaCaze, left tackle Christian Carter and running back Jaylon Wade — discussed the upcoming season following Tuesday's practice session.
NOWN: Other than working out for football, how did you spend your summer?
Chase Parks: I had two jobs. I made pizzas at Fox's Pizza and worked on the grounds crew at the Sterlington Rec.
Blake LaCaze: I spent the summer with my family. We went to St. Augustine, Fla., on the Atlantic Ocean, for a week.
NOWN: What are your individual goals for the season?
Christian Carter: Honestly, I've kind of bounced around a lot. My goal is to man my position and not be dead weight for the team; to bring the team up and not pull it down.
Jaylon Wade: My goals are to rush for over 1,000 yards and help us go undefeated.
NOWN: What steps do you take to deal with the heat during practice?
Parks: I drink a lot of water every day and try to eat healthy. Science has proven that the water you drink the day before makes a difference the next day.
Wade: I try not to think about it and drink a lot of water.
NOWN: What teammate has made the most improvement over the summer?
Carter: Dylan Moore. He's always had the size and potential. He's gone from being passive aggressive to taking it to everybody.
LaCaze: I would say Jaylon at running back. He has stepped up and become a leader. He's pushing himself harder and harder to making this team better. He makes sure we have the option down to perfection.
If I'm doing something wrong, he lets me know and if he does something wrong, I let him know.
NOWN: What is the biggest improvement you have made since the spring?
Parks: I've gotten a lot stronger, grown a little and gotten faster and quicker.
LaCaze: The biggest thing for me was getting past knee surgery. I'm playing without an ACL in my left knee. I just got a new knee brace, which has made a big difference.
NOWN: Outside of football, what is something you hope to accomplish during your senior year?
Carter: Getting ready for the Marines is pretty much my focus outside of football. The Marines are the best. I'm going to be in a combat unit, so I might as well be in the best combat unit there is.
Wade: I want to get a couple of looks from colleges, to graduate and be successful in life.