The Wolves went 11-2 last year and reached the Class 3A quarterfinals. The north Baton Rouge Catholic school made an appearance on national TV, defeating Patterson in the season-opener (broadcast on ESPNU).
Patterson was able to exact revenge on Redemptorist in the Class 3A quarterfinals, but that didn't stop Kelly from having an excellent game vs. the Lumberjacks and four-star RB Kenny Hilliard (LSU commit).
"My best games were the second games against Patterson and Northeast," said Kelly, whose team faced Northeast (Pride, La.) in both the regular season and the first-round of the playoffs. "I was ready to play in those games. I had six tackles against Patterson."
In addition to facing Hilliard, Kelly cut his teeth every day in practice vs. teammates (and LSU commits) such as five-star senior offensive lineman Lael Collins and four-star running back Jeremy Hill.
"I got the chance to work with some great players like Lael and Jeremy," Kelly said. "They're great guys and they showed me how to play with good technique. Those two guys started out like I did and that gives me confidence.
"We lose 22 seniors off this team, but I'm ready to step up, be a leader, and help us win more games."