Captain Shreve High school is a public high school in the Caddo Parish School District in Shreveport, LA. The school was founded in 1967 and has a student body of approximately 1,700 students. Captain Shreve’s mascot is the Gator and their school colors are green and gold. Shreve plays in the LHSAA 5A division of play and also reside in district 1. The school has also been awarded the State Championship in 1973 in a win against Glen Oaks. District 1 is the same district that rival C.E. Byrd plays in, who was covered in an school spotlight just a couple of weeks ago. The rivalry between C.E. Byrd and Captain Shreve has been one for the ages. The matchup has become one that draws crowds from all over Northwest Louisiana, recording nearly 7,000 tickets sold in past years. Captain Shreve has become factory for recruits as well, having 23 players sign in the past 2 years. There is a lot to be said about this kind of production and how devoted coaching goes a long way. Alumni of the Captain Shreve Football program include Fullback Roland Harper who played for the Chicago Bears from 1975-1982, Fullback Geron Hargon who is currently a redshirt sophomore for the Rice Owls, and Wide Receiver Kendrick Law who is was a true freshman this past season at Alabama.
The Gators are now led by former offensive coordinator Adam Kirby, who had been OC under Head Coach Bryant Sepulvado. Coach Sepulvado had been the head coach for the Gators the past 7 season as he achieved an all-time record of 44-32. The Gators past season ended with a tough loss to Warren Easton, but the team learned a lot. I got the chance to speak with Head Coach Kirby and gain some insight on how the Gators are learning from this experience as well as what we should see from them in the future.
“Warren Easton is a well coached team, anyone who knows Coach Phillips knows that. They are one of the few teams that you can look at in our state and say that that is a standard as to what you would like your program to look like. They’ve been to the semi-finals I think 8 of the last 10 years and played in the dome a couple of times. I think it was great experience for our kids to see what a premier program looks like. We have a lot of great coaches and teams in our district and they certainly prepared us for that but our team didn’t flinch, we just got beat. But I think the experience of getting to go to New Orleans and play in that hostile environment against a great team where the people love football is something that will be very beneficial for us in the future.”Head Coach Adam Kirby
And what a bright future that is for the Captain Shreve Gators. The Gators have a slew of talented young players that are battling for a spot to play. Players on the offensive side of the ball include senior receivers Keaton Flowers, Jordan Wiggins, and Gage Haley. Keaton flowers and Jordan Wiggins were both selected all-district Wide Receivers while Gage Haley was a move-in to Captain Shreve this past year so he was forced to sit, but has impressed his team in practice. Along with the three senior wide outs, talented juniors Devin Harper, Jamarlon Otis, and Brodie Savage look to make an impact as well. Devin Harper is a 6’6″ 285lb Offensive Tackle who has earned 6 D1 offers including teams like Texas Tech, Tulane, and Mississippi State. Jamarlon Otis is a 5’9″ 180lb running back who has earned two offers from Lamar and University of Louisiana Monroe. Quarterback Brodie Savage is 6’2″ 180lbs and has received intrest from Power 5 schools as well. Senior Kicker/Punter John Chance has also been in the spotlight for the Gators for receiving an All-State selection. Chance is a part of the Kohls Kicking All American team, averages 44yds/punt and also has kicked a 50 yd field goal in game against Calvary this past season.
As for the defensive side of the ball, Senior players like defensive linemen Gregory Webb and Landon Mosley hold down the interior for the Gators. Both Webb and Mosley were both selected as all-district players. Junior DT Lionel Prudhomme is also apart of that fearsome Gators D-line. Prudhomme is a 6’3″ 285lb nose guard who has earned an offer to Lamar University and has gained interest from other D1 schools. Behind them is all-state linebacker Landen Lee, who led the Gators in tackles this season. Up top for the Gators defense is Junior strong safety Tre Fuller. Fuller is 6’2″ 185lbs and has earned 4 D1 offers from Grambling, ULM, Miss St, and Tulsa.
This Shreve team is a team that is full of young talent. It is easy to see why Coach Kirby and his staff are excited for the future of their program. Players like the ones above and more make the Captain Shreve Gators a team to keep on your radar this upcoming season.