Bunkie Panthers

District 2-3A · Bunkie, LA

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Players To Watch

Dillion ComptonQB6-01804.82Jr
Kyle JohnsonWR/CB6-01704.42Jr
Zion LeeMLB5-102004.80So
J.D. SmithOL5-112455.31Jr

Last 5 Seasons

YearClassWinsLossesPlayoff Finish

About the Team

Head Coach: Jimmie Hillman, 1st season (0-0, 1-9 overall)

Returning Offensive Starters: 7

Returning Defensive Starters: 8

Playoff Appearances: 1951, 1953, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

2023 Preview

Jimmie Hillman's first season at the helm of Bunkie High's football program has the workings of something special.

The Panthers bring back 15 total starters from a year ago including one of CENLA's best players in Kyle Johnson. The junior dual-threat star returns a wealth of knowledge on both sides of the ball that concluded the 2022 season with 12 touchdowns on 43 touches along with six receptions.

Johnson and a host of juniors and seniors make up an offense that could mold into an attack that could give opposing defensive units fits this season. Senior tailback Tanner Lemoine is expected to make a huge impact in the backfield after rushing for almost 1,200 yards a year ago. Johnson, who caught 14 passes for five touchdowns, will work with quarterback Dillion Compton who threw for eight touchdowns last season.

On defense, eight starters return for Bunkie with Zion Lee leading the fray after compiling 97 tackles as a freshman. Lee along with Kyle Johnson, Luke Norman and Jasper St. Romain will provide stability and experience for the Panthers as they embark on another competitive slate.

In non-district contests, Bunkie hosts Catholic-PC and Patterson to open the season followed by three straight road games at Jonesboro-Hodge, Avoyelles and Winnfield. The Panthers are set to host Caldwell, Jena and Marksville in District 2-3A action while traveling to face Buckeye and Bolton.

With several key returners mixed with a throng of experienced underclassmen, Hillman is expected to compete for a district title. It looks as though momentum is on the side of a sleeping giant in central Louisiana.