August 2, 2006

Blackwell getting back to work

Will Blackwell hit the field yesterday looking for more of the same.

Football at West Monroe these days isn't about aspiring to new heights, but keeping one of Louisiana's premier prep programs at the top. The defending state champions have appeared in 12 title games since 1993 and will ride a 13-game winning streak into this season. That's not a bad mark, but it's a long way from the 40-game win streak the program posted in the 1990's.

"There's not much more that can be accomplished than a 40-game win streak and three state titles in a row," Blackwell said. "So many things have already been done, that it's about doing them again. We feel an obligation to the people before us that won to uphold the tradition.

"Back in the old days, West Monroe was everybody's whipping dog. Now that we're up, we have to stay up. Nobody wants to be part of the team that let the program fall."

With the 6-foot-4, 296-pound Blackwell working on the defensive line along with teammate Luther Davis, who holds offers from USC, LSU and Florida State among others, West Monroe should stay in Louisiana's top tier. The program features two other defenders, linebacker C.C. Carpenter and cornerback Terry Carter, with SEC offers.

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