A 3-8 record isn’t ideal by any stretch of the imagination but for Ville Platte head coach Jorie Randle, it was his team’s 0-4 district record that was the biggest disappointment of last season.
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Elton won 1A district 4 with a spread offense that put 30 or more points in seven of its eleven games last season before losing to Jonesboro-Hodge in the second round of the playoffs.
Looking for positives in Port Barre’s 2017 football season can be a challenging task. The Devils went winless in head coach Craig Steven’s inaugural season. In doing so, they also lost their starting quarterback to a broken collarbone.
It’s the post Brontre Griffin era at Highland Baptist. The all-state back once rushed for more than 3,000 yards in a season. Now in Scottie William’s second year the Bears must move on.
After a slow start, Cecilia football rattled off 8-straight wins making a run to the state quarterfinals.
The tigers will return nine players from their starting defense last season, with ten returning starters on offense. If consistency breeds results, the purple and gold have a lot to look forward to this season.
Comeaux had a subpar 2017 season finishing the year at just 4-6 and losing in the first round of the playoffs to Acadiana.
How it Happened: Bears players point to a lack of team leadership that led to inconsistent play on both sides of the ball in 2017.
Behind all-state honorable mention linebacker, Jacob Maddie, the Gators had an inconsistent 2017 campaign due in part to a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Cole Savage.
Behind all-state running back Kaleb Guillory, Iota ran its way to the program’s first playoff win since 2002, tripling the team’s win total of the four seasons prior.
The Panthers lone loss came in an embarrassing 37-0 fashion to Notre Dame in September. Revenge never tasted so sweet when the Panthers beat the Pioneers 33-16 in the Division III State Championship.
In Jeptha Wall’s first season as head coach at Crowley, the Gents rallied into the a state quarterfinal match-up with Jennings that CHS lost 14-0.
After winning their season opener, Eunice struggled in a 4-game losing streak that carried into district play.
The Tigers lost 5 games by single digits, including a 2-0 loss to Ascension Episcopal
The Bobcats lost 3A MVP Elijah Mitchell to UL and missed the playoffs for the 1st time in 3 years
n 2018 Southside will play a hybrid Varsity-JV schedule with marquee match-ups against Central Catholic (Morgan City,) Opelousas Catholic and Gueydan.
Pine Prairie competed in many of their games in 2017, and returning it’s largest senior class will set them up to make another .500 run in 2018.
It’s a clean slate for new WCS head coach Patrick Clarkston who spent 2017 as an adviser/assistant for Westminster.
Moving to quarterback, Brad Miller was a glowing star for a surprise Blue Jays team who made a run to the state quarter finals.
Riding an explosive passing attack, Zach Hayes and Da’Ren Zeno became the faces of a dominant Welsh team who won the school’s first state football title.
Year-in-year-out the Pirates make deep playoff runs, but continue chasing an elusive state title.
2017’s injuries kept key players off the field as Ascension Episcopal’s season ended early. But with a glass half-full mentality, the Gators are embracing the unexpected reps a few hatchlings got.
Jennings Bulldogs 2017 Record: 10-2 How it Happened: The Bulldogs reached the 3A Semifinals, a year after losing all-state running back Travis Etienne Rusty Phelps
In 2018 Basile will be a 1A favorite, loaded with returning talent. The Bearcats return Super-16 and All-State linebacker Andre Reed.
Westgate Tigers 2017 Record: 5-6 How It Happened: After finishing .500 on the season, the Tigers lost in the 1st round to Woodlawn-Shreveport There are very few teams in Acadiana that possess the talent that the Tigers return. Senior Running Back Tyreese Jackson has power 5 offers and is a three-time all-district 1st team member. Junior Wide Receiver Kayshon Boutte has SEC and Big 12 offers after totaling close to 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. Junior wide receiver …
Lafayette Lions 2017 Record: 0-10 How it Happened: There were few close finishes for the Lions in 2017, a 35-30 loss to Patterson at home perhaps the closest the Lions came to a win. But no points were as low as a week 8 fight that broke out against LaGrange, forcing the Lions to forfeit their follow game to Sam Houston. As Lafayette prepares for 2018, little will be said about returning talent like three-year starting quarterback Brennon Broussard and acro…
2017 Record: 7-5
How it Happened: In Dane Charpentier first year as head coach, he led the Rebels to the 2nd Round of Division II
Sacred Heart Trojans 2017 Record: 8-3 How It Happened: The Trojans finished with their best record under head coach Josh Harper, but fell in the 1st Round The trend has been upwards in the Harper Era, and if it continues, SHVP will soar to new heights in 2018. The Trojans have 9 starters returning on offense and 8 on defense. Senior Running Back JT Harper was the Offensive MVP in Evangeline Parish, after piling up over 1,500 total yards and 23 touchdowns. Quarterback Wesle…
Opelousas Tigers 2017 Record: 5-5 How It Happened: OHS missed the playoffs by one spot, after finishing with their best record in a decade. The Tigers goals are clear this year: Playoff are an expectation, not a hope. Opelousas returns 12 starters, 6 on each side. Star defensive end Marlon Young is off to Georgia State, but the Tigers plan to have an advantage with their overall team speed. All Parish selections in junior running back Marvion Young and Senior Defensive Bac…
Loreauville Tigers 2017 Record: 3-8 How It Happened: After a disappointing year, Terry Martin moves from Breaux Bridge to Loreauville to take over as Head Coach Since his hiring in early July, it’s been busy for Martin, as he puts together his vision with the program along with installing his system. Martin is taking his plays while keeping the Tigers terminology to make the transition easier. Martin will have a young cupboard to work with, as only 6 seniors return, but he says…