Paving the Way

Sabine Parish is rugged rural country and it's a fitting home for a blue-collar, lunch pail-type offensive lineman such as Jonathan Lewis. First-year Many High School head coach Jess Curtis wasn't at a loss for words when asked about Lewis. Read further to get the details on the senior lineman, who has netted his first scholarship offer.

Jonathan Lewis of Many High School is the leading blocker for one of the top teams in Class 2A and the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder has his first scholarship offer.

"Coach Webb from Southeastern came and watched Jonathan during the spring and then they offered him," said Many head coach Jess Curtis. "He's really excited about that offer. He likes Coach Webb and Southeastern. They pointed out that they signed Louisiana's Mr. Football, Gavin Webster, this year.

"He's getting some big interest from Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, Louisiana-Lafayette, annd McNeese State - and Northwestern of the Big Ten has written to him some too. We expect him to get a couple more offers. He's put together well. He has great footwork and excellent speed."

Coach Curtis had no shortage of praise for his star lineman.

"Jonathan loves to work," he said. "He has that country-boy nastiness about him that you like to see in an offensive lineman. He just shaved his head in a full mohawk. It's his offensive line and he has embraced that senior leadership. He hasn't missed a voluntary summer workout, except for the times when he's been at football camps. He had a great spring and elevated his game to a new level again."

Curtis is moving Lewis from right tackle to the left side this season.

"His skills are better suited as a left tackle on the high school level," said Curtis. "We have a 300-pound road grader that we'll have at right tackle this year. With Lewis at left tackle, I'll feel better about (quarterback) Rod Davis' back side - because most teams put their best pass rusher coming off that edge."

Curtis, who has a reputation as a defensive mastermind, takes over a team that has made deep runs in the playoffs the past two years. Davis takes over at quarterback for D.J. Palmer, who signed with Northwestern State. The Tigers must also replace TE Nic Jacobs, who signed with LSU.

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