May 24, 2022
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School Spotlight: Belaire

Belaire HC Byron Wade addressing the team before a game last season
Belaire HC Byron Wade addressing the team before a game last season

Belaire High School is a magnet high school in Baton Rouge, off of U.S. Highway 190. Prior to the past 3 seasons, this team did not have any real success. It has all turned around with the hiring of Head Coach Byron Wade, who has helped this team win more games over the past three years than they had the decade before. Last season, Coach Wade took the team to the district championship game, and a home 5A playoff game. For more about last season’s success, go check out the article series Beyond Belaire and the Coaches Corner videos at the bottom of every Beyond Belaire article.

While the Bengals look to build on their success, they face a daunting task after losing 16 seniors, including state interception leader Denichlass Jeter, whom recently committed to Grambling State. Fortunately, they have some guys worth checking out who look to take a brunt of that load.

WR/DB Cameron Johnson (#33), a first team All-District FLEX player, is the number one player to watch out of Belaire. Learning the ropes from three collegiate athletes lead to a great season for Johnson, and it’s exciting to predict what he can do with a larger role on the offensive side of the ball.

LB Jayden Butler (#25), a first team All-District Linebacker, will lead the Belaire Bengals defense this year as a senior.

ATH Lacoreyan Compton (#3) can do everything on the field. He played QB and DB last season, and will be used all over the field in Wade’s offense and defense.

OL/DL Christian Hill (#55), an All-District Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman, looks to improve on an impressive season last year and will only get better with time.

RB Javieon Morgan (#5), a transfer from McKinley High School, looks to play a big role this season after team rushing leader Denichlass Jeter and change-of-pace RB Makih Palmer graduated.

DB Kendrick Myles (#6), another newcomer, also looks to get a large role with team interception leader Denichlass Jeter and other soon-to-be collegiate DBs Noah James and Avante Givens graduating.

Check out a Belaire Bengals game this season. Here is their schedule:

September 2@ Live Oak High School
September 9@ Istrouma High School
September 16vs. St. Michael High School
September 22@ Brusly High School
September 30@ Walker High School
October 7vs. Broadmoor High School
October 14@ Plaquemine High School
October 21vs. West Feliciana High School
October 28@ McKinley High School
November 5vs. Tara High School


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