Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Coach, Solid Returning Core, Give Civic Memorial High Hopes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Coach, Solid Returning Core, Give Civic Memorial High Hopes

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BETHALTO * There's a new era underway at Civic Memorial High.

Coach Mike Parmentier has taken over the reigns of a team that carries high hopes into the upcoming season.

"I'm really excited," Parmentier said. "We had some good numbers on the first day. I was really pleased with the turnout."

The Eagles had 60-plus players out for the first practice of the season Monday, and there could be a few more when school begins Aug. 17.

Civic Memorial returns 18 seniors and numerous starters from last year's 7-3 squad.

"That's a big number to have back and we expect it will pay dividends for us," Parmentier said. "We have four or five kids back on the offensive line."

The Deckard triplets Andrew, Brandon and Curtis lead the way in the trenches. The trio range from 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds to 6-4, 310. Cody Reynolds, a 6-2, 289-pound center, also returns.

"We're already ready for the first game of the season," Reynolds said. "We all worked hard in the offseason. We worked on our footwork and agility."

The CM offense will have its quarterback under center more rather than the shotgun formation. And Reynolds couldn't be happier.

"We love run-blocking because you can pancake people," Reynolds said.

The quartet will rotate on the defensive line, giving that unit massive size and strength.

Wideout David Lane returns. He led the team with 33 catches for 545 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Lane will be an important safety cushion for new quarterback, junior Braydon Pierce. At about 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Pierce was the starting quarterback on the junior varsity level last season.

Senior running back Corey Price (5-11, 170) should be the beneficiary of the mammoth line.

"We have size. We have experience," Parmentier said. "There's a lot of work yet to do, but these guys know what they are doing. It's a luxury you don't always have."

Parmentier was hired in December and has previous head coaching experience at Girard and Staunton. He guided the Bulldogs to the Class 2A state championship game in 2013. …

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