November 29, 2021
"Changing Lives, Improving Communities"

Diamond In The Rough: Cade Koch

Cade Koch, a 6’5” 255-pound senior at Jenna High School in Jena Louisiana. Koch a defensive end who is able to play anywhere on the line has the ability to get to the quarterback quickly and is a true disturbance on the defensive side of the ball. With fantastic skill and vision along with great use of his hands Koch and the Jena football team are z force to recon with this coming year. 

How long have you been playing football?

About six years I believe.

What would you say is one of your biggest accomplishments on the football field so far?

Probably last year versus OCS when I stripped the ball out of the quarterback’s hand and almost picked it up, but accidentally kicked it out of bounds. A few plays after I swatted a ball meant for a screen pass.

How was last season as a team?

It was rough last year, overall our leadership was not great. To me, it was a subpar season and we could have done a lot better.

Are you ready to try and step-up as a leader to help change the culture?

!00 percent, I am ready.

What are some personal expectations and some expectations for the team?

I expect to do my job well. With the talent we have, we are stacked. I expect we are going to go pretty far.

Is there anyone you try to model your game after?

J.J. Watt, he’s my hero.

Do you play any other sports?

I’m actually going to play basketball this year, not sure what position yet. I’ll play wherever the coach puts me.

How have you stayed in shape since quarantine began?

At first, I just ran around my house and did stuff like that to stay in shape. But eventually, we were able to start going in groups to do conditioning. Coach has made sure we are all in good condition.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to hang out with my friends and play a little Xbox, nothing special.

How often do you watch film?

The night new film is available, I will watch it then. I watch every day for a least a little while.

What do you love the most about playing football?

The team mentality, physicality. The team bonding and things like that.

What do you think you should improve on most?

My hand work, it has got better but I could still improve.

What would you say is your strongest attribute?

Right now, I have good speed and I’ve very physical.

Where do you prefer to play on the defensive live?

Defensive end.

How do you prepare for a game?

I like to be by myself listening to music, getting mentally prepared, and drinking a lot of water.

Are there any personal stats you want this year?

I’m trying to get double digit sacks.

How would you describe yourself as a player and a teammate?

Very physical. As a teammate, I try to bring everyone up. I like to see everyone succeed.

What motivates you to play football?

The team aspect. When it sucks it sucks, but we are always in it together.