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Ferriday High head football coach Richard Oliver doesn't concern himself with having to replace 15 seniors.
"I never knew them, so I'm not going to miss them," Oliver said Monday, his first day on the job as the 11th Trojan football coach.
"It's definitely on the job training," said Oliver minutes after meeting with his new football team. "I have evaluate what we have and see where we are at. I want to install my offense and defense and my philosophy. We need to get organized and efficient and quickly as we can."
Oliver, 39, replaces Chad Harkins, who spent one year as head coach before resigning and then taking the head coaching job at Jena High School.
Oliver, a native of Baton Rouge, was head football coach at Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge and Scotlandville High School. He spent last year as defensive line coach at Zachary High School.
Spring drills being Monday for public high schools.
" I have to get the guys acclimated to what we are trying to do," he said. "I have to teach them my system."
Seniors Da'Vante Scott and Marques Lewis were named MVPs of District 2-2A.
Scott was named MVP on offense after finishing the season with 1,434 rushing yards, 24 catches for 341 yards and 721 return yards.
Scott also had 75 tackles on defense, four sacks and an interception.
Lewis was MVP on defense after totaling 120 tackles from his linebacker position, collecting eight tackles for losses, while forcing two fumbles and recovering two others.
"The main thing is to find a quarterback to run the offense and a trigger man out of our skilled guys," Oliver said. "The main thing I will be looking for when we start up is effort and the kids doing what they are supposed to do."
Oliver said he has not yet decided on his coaching staff.
"I may bring in some guys from my last staff," he said. "You need a good coaching staff. I'll have to sit down and analyze what we've got."
Oliver is also teaching Physical Education.
"Kids are very resilient," Oliver said of Trojan players having a third coach in three years. "They'll get used to me real fast. I'm not worried about that."
Oliver said the team will also be hitting the weights harder this week.
"I'm a stickler for weights," he said. "That's the only way you can make it."
Oliver said he is very appreciative of the support he has received from the community.
"I'm very anxious to get going," he said. "It's always a challenge when you are at a new place with new surroundings. But there are some good people here and I'm looking forward to working with them."
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