High School

Leonard Sampson (76) squares off against an opposing defensive lineman. Sampson is an Academic All-State and earned first team selection to both the All-District and All-Parish squads. Sampson said he enjoyed facing larger opponents, using his speed and strength to neutralize the opponent's size advantage. {Photo courtesy of Golda Sampson}

Leonard Sampson (right) and Marksville Coach J.T. Dunbar proudly display Sampson’s Academic All-State Team award, which he received during the state championship game in the Superdome on Dec. 7.
{Photo courtesy of J.T. Dunbar}

Leonard Sampson

MHS’s Leonard Sampson is prime example of 'student athlete'

Once upon a time he was the target of bullies. He struggled with asthma. He was shy and withdrawn.

Robert Lewis (right, in pre-game warm-ups) was an imposing force on the Avoyelles Mustangs' offensive and defensive lines during his high school football career. The 6-6, 295-pound senior plans to go to college and hopes football can still be a part of his life at that level. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Brody Knott (shown passing as quarterback last year) enjoyed playing a number of positions, including a marauding linebacker that tackled opposing quarterbacks and running backs for losses on many occasions. The 5-8 senior started as the Mustang signal caller when he was a 5-6 8th grader. He spent most of his time on offense this year at halfback. {Photo by Connie Giovanetti}

Brody Knott: “I was pretty much always the smallest one on the field, but I didn’t think about that when I was blocking or on defense. I just hit them and whatever happened after that just happened.”

Robert Lewis: “I’m not worried about who gets the headlines and the credit. I’m just worried about protecting my quarterback and making a hole for the running back.”

The ‘long & short’ of Avoyelles Mustang football

If the Avoyelles Mustangs football team could be considered a “pod,” these two would definitely not be considered “two peas.”



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