By Hunter Bower
The Haynesville Golden Tornado football team is gearing up for the 2023 season with high hopes after an impressive 11-3 overall record in the previous year. Under the guidance of their seasoned head coach, David Franklin, who is entering his 22nd year at the helm, the Golden Tornado is eager to build on their successes and push even further this season.
With an impressive roster of 18 returning lettermen, including eight offensive starters and eight defensive starters, the team boasts both experience and talent. Although they lost a few key players from the previous season, the core of the team remains intact, providing continuity and cohesion. Coach Franklin has emphasized that the 2023 squad looks very much like the successful team from last year, indicating a sense of stability and consistency in their playing style.
On the defensive front, senior linebacker Alonzo Jackson will be one to watch closely. Jackson’s leadership, tenacity, and experience make him a formidable force on the field, leading the charge to stifle opponents’ offenses. Additionally, the Golden Tornado will rely on the sheer size and strength of 6-foot lineman Germetrius Speech, tipping the scales at over 330 pounds, to anchor their offensive line and create opportunities for the running game.
With an illustrious football heritage boasting 17 state championships, Haynesville stands among Louisiana’s football powerhouses. Coach Franklin, who recently joined the prestigious 200 Win coaching club, has demonstrated his prowess in molding successful teams year after year. As the team heads into the 2023 season, Coach Franklin has expressed his ambition to improve in crucial areas and elevate the team’s performance to new heights.
The Golden Tornado’s journey towards reclaiming football glory in their district and beyond begins with their skilled roster, experienced coaching staff, and the unwavering support of their passionate fans. With a strong foundation and the hunger to excel, Haynesville is poised to make a significant impact in the coming season, and football enthusiasts should keep a close eye on this formidable force in the Louisiana high school football scene.