LAFAYETTE — When Keshawn Young’s plans encountered an unexpected summer setback, Jay Domengeaux planned for depth and attention to detail to provide a two-part remedy.
Young, a Lafayette High halfback, saw a routine reception during 7-on-7 drills against Breaux Bridge turn into a shoulder injury when he landed awkwardly.
“He had a AC (joint) injury,” said Domengeaux, the Mighty Lions coach. “He just fell wrong. He caught a seam route down the field and just fell on his shoulder badly. Those things happen.”
What happened in the wake of that injury is the Lions had three players run the ball in their 18-6 jamboree win over Breaux Bridge. Trey Davis, Trevin Kelly and James Brown shared the workload. Kelly chipped in a pair of touchdowns, and Brown contributed the third score on defense via a fumble return.
“I was really happy with our offensive line and what we did up front as far as controlling the line of scrimmage,” Domengeaux said. “It’s encouraging. We’re happy with the way we came off the ball. We were happy with specific things that we wanted to see in that game.”
Young is in the process of getting back into pads and getting his conditioning level back up before the Lions coaches see how his shoulder responds to contact.
As Lafayette prepares for the season-opener on the road against Peabody, some of the straight-ahead skills that Young brings will be on the bench.
“Keshawn is a good down-hill runner,” Domengeaux said. “That is good in our offense. ... I guess it’s good in any offense. We generalize the way we coach the running backs, and everybody kind of knows what to expect from the position and what the important hitting points are.
“While I don’t necessarily want any one kid to try to mimic the reactions of another, we do have fairly specific rules for what we do.”
The holes and possible points of contact with defenders will be the same for Young as they are for either Kelly or Davis. Once a player gets past that initial plan, the next step varies.
“That’s where you find kids are different,” Domengeaux said. “After contact, some kids like Keshawn will give you an extra push. Some kids might not give you that same load at contact, but maybe they are more elusive at that secondary (defensive) level. That is where the differentiations come in.”
Aside from facing the challenge of Young’s temporary absence, the Mighty Lions will also take on the task of traveling to Alexandria for the opener.
Considering the distance of that trip is similar to what Lafayette will see in District 3-5A with road games against Sulphur and Sam Houston, Domengeaux is glad to see his team will settle into that routine early.
Before district play. Some things are stressed no matter what the location.
“I was happy with the ball security we had in the jamboree,” Domengeaux said. “That was a concern of mine, and I was happy with the physicality they (the running backs) played with. As far as long term goes, depth is huge at running back in our offense. It’s a pretty physical position for us.”