YOUNGSVILLE — Ascension Episcopal’s Jake Arceneaux’s three-touchdown, 308-yard performance against perennial state power Vermilion Catholic last Friday has catapulted him and the Blue Gators into the state limelight.
According to Arceneaux, however, he’s not approaching things any different. In fact, Arceneaux said this week — the week after he scored the game-winning two-point conversion with 30 seconds left to seal a 40-39 victory — has been rather routine.
“We came out a little slow this week in practice,” Arceneaux said. “Our energy was down. We were still making good plays and stuff, we just had a few slow plays. We’ve really picked it up and it’s been going well.”
In recruiting terms, Arceneaux is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pro-style quarterback. The senior committed to Louisiana-Lafayette, a decision he said was not that difficult once he got on campus and met Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth.
“Coach Hud brought me to the 50-yard line at a scrimmage,” Arceneaux said. “It was my first scholarship offer and I committed within a couple of days. When they offered me, I knew that’s where I wanted to go. It’s really exciting to go to my hometown team.”
Being recruited and playing quarterback at UL-Lafayette is familiar territory for Arceneaux’s current head coach, Michael Desormeaux. Desormeaux was recruited from Catholic High-New Iberia and played quarterback for the Cajuns from 2005-2008.
Desormeaux said it’s clear when you watch the Gators offense how important Arceneaux is to it.
“He is the heart and soul of this team,” Desormeaux said. “He makes throws, he makes runs, he even plays defense. This is a quarterback-driven offense and if you have no quarterback it goes no where. Right now, Jake is driving it.”
Arceneaux helped the defense out against VC with an interception in the third quarter, something he said took him back to his middle school days.
“I used to play defense all the time in middle school because we only had 13 people on the team,” Arceneaux said. “I loved playing safety and that interception brought back a lot of memories.”
Arceneaux said following in his coach’s footsteps and playing quarterback for the Cajuns would be great, but it’s not really something he nor Desormeaux really discusses. Instead, Arceneaux is just a regular kid, who hunts, who fishes and who is enjoying one the greatest seasons in AES history.
“This season is going great,” Arceneaux said. “Just trying to stay healthy and winning always great. Hopefully it just keeps going, We don’t want it to go down or stay flat. We’re just trying to get better every day.”