One of the top offensive minds in River Parish Football is headed back.
After a three-year stay at Scotlandville, former West St. John offensive coordinator Kris Peters has been hired in the same position at East St. John. Peters will be reuniting with Wildcats new head coach Brandon Brown who he was teammates with at Alcorn State (2001-02).
“I believe in what Brandon has going on and I have a personal relationship with him,” said Peters. “He knows what to expect from me, and I know what to expect from him. It's going to be a seamless transition because of our familiarity with one another and the respect that we have for each other.
“I'm excited. I've had a chance to take a glance over a couple of guys that are returning, and I'm very impressed. Very impressed with their skill set, it matches with what we like to do so overall I think they're going to enjoy (my offense). We're going to have some tools to work with, just have to fine tune a couple of things. It's a new journey, it's a new chapter, and anytime you start something new it's an exciting thing and you want to put everything you have into it. I'm all in, when I get in, I'm in. It's my job to do the best of my ability and to get those kids in a position to succeed, and that's the challenge I look forward to.”
“Hiring Coach Peters was a no brainer for me,” said Brown. “First, he’s a great guy with an abundance of football knowledge. He’s a proven winner as an offensive coordinator and he’s familiar to the River Parishes. Also our bond goes back to our college days at Alcorn. What Coach Peters has done as an offensive coordinator has been special and I know he will bring that to East St. John. This is home for me and I have to get it right and the first step in building a great program is getting the right people in place. Coach Peters is the perfect person in my opinion and I know he will do an excellent job leading the offense at ESJ. I just thank God for the opportunity to hire such a great guy with the knowledge and passion that Coach Peters have.”
A two-time FCS All-American as a wide receiver/punt returner at Alcorn State and seven year Arena Football veteran, Peters began his coaching career at West St John under Robert Valdez in 2008. After seven years with the Rams, Peters left with Valdez to Scotlandville in 2015 and spent three years as the Hornets offensive coordinator. During those three years Scotlandville went a combined 33-5 and led the state in scoring twice.
“I want to thank everybody at Scotlandville for everything they've done here,” said Peters. “They've been absolutely fantastic, I'm a Baton Rouge kid. The administration on down has been great to me, the players have been great and I want them to know that this was a hard decision for me. It wasn't an easy thing, but at the end of the day you have to look at the scope of everything and do what's best for you. It's nothing personal with anyone. The love they showed was well received and I hope I gave them everything I had which I know I did. We were successful and hopefully they can keep that success going.”
Scotlandville recently hired Jules Sullen as their new head coach after another former West St. John assistant LaVanta Davis resigned after two years as head coach and is now back with Valdez at St. James as the Wildcats associate head coach and defensive coordinator.
“This wasn't a business decision, it was a peace of mind decision,” said Peters. “It made a bunch of sense that it would be in my best interest to make a move. (It was) time to make a move, different culture, different mindset, different philosophy.”
Now it's back to River Parish Football, this time in 5A.
“There was always love to me when I was there before even at (1A) West St John. It was always family-oriented, packed houses on Friday nights. Hopefully the excitement is building especially with Brandon coming in as the head coach being an East St John guy and we can get it back to where it's supposed to be on Friday nights. The whole focal point is to win games, that's all I'm thinking about right now is to win games.
“As a coordinator, we want to score on every position. If you have that mindset you're going to score more often than not. We want to create an up-tempo pace so that defenses have to react and respond to what we're doing rather than us guessing to what they're doing. By being up-tempo you force defenses most of the time to be in their base stuff you cant get a lot of calls from the sideline, there's not a lot of exotic stuff they can do because we're right back up on the ball running another play. It's fun, you get everybody involved.”