Scotlandville relied on the inside running game as its bread and butter in 2010, but the Hornets might open it up more this fall with WR Larry Clark
returning to the fold for his junior campaign.
Clark caught 34 passes for 450 yards and three touchdowns last season for Scotlandville, which went 3-7. The 6-foot-0, 170-pounder earned first-team all-district honors, which is a rare feat in a Class 5A district.
A couple of weeks ago, Clark exhibited his skills in the Hornets' Black/Gold spring game, hauling in 15 receptions and a couple of TDs.
"I'm working on concentrating more on the ball so I can always make the difficult catch across the middle," said Clark. "I'm trying to improve my speed and strength. I want to get stronger.
"I'm camping at Texas A&M next week, and I'll be at the National Underclassmen Combine in Lafayette (at St. Thomas More) next Saturday."
Clark is a dual-sport athlete. This spring, he batted over .300 as the starting left fielder on Scotlandville's baseball team. He also pitched.
The Hornets will count on Clark, as well as seniors Henry Taylor (LB) and Blaine Poydras (OL), to help make the playoffs this season.
"Blaine is a big guy who does a good job of blocking," said Clark. "Henry is a leader on and off the field."
Scotlandville will have its hands full in the first two weeks of the season. First, they'll square off with fellow north Baton Rouge program Redemptorist in the season opener. The following week, the Hornets challenge defending 3A state champ Parkview Baptist. Both games are on the road.
Clark will attempt to outshine another pair of '13 stars - LB Jestin Kelly and WR Donald Gage - in the Redemptorist game.
Scotlandville WR Larry Clark hauled in 34 catches as a sophomore, and he expects to do even bigger and better things during the '11 season...