Former LSU linebacker Trev Faulk can’t wait for football season to start.?
Faulk, a 1999 Lafayette High graduate who played with the Tigers from 1999-2001, is excited because he will be a high school football head coach for the first time.
At the end of last school year, he landed the head job at Vermilion Catholic High in Abbeville, taking over for Craig Beverlin, who left after two seasons.?
Faulk was an assistant coach at Northside-Lafayette.
“I’m excited,” Faulk said. “I can’t wait.”
This summer, Faulk and his coaching staff have been busy installing? a wide-open offense that will be run by a group of seniors. Most of? the seniors have been starters since their sophomore year.?
Faulk is blessed with 17 seniors, six juniors and 18 sophomores.
The Eagles expect to line up in a spread offense that consists of three wide receivers and a tailback.
Anchoring the offense is three-year starting quarterback Aaron David, who threw for 1,600 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2010. In the backfield is Jacoby Davis, who, as a freshman, ran for 1,100 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.
David’s favorite targets are expected to be Emile Chiasson, who is 6-foot-6, along with Ryan David, first cousin to Aaron, along with Ben Primeaux.
“As a former defensive player and coaching for a few years, I know when you have the proper weapons and you run a wide-open offense, you are forcing the team to defend the entire field,” Faulk said. “Any time you can put more threats on the field, that is a positive thing.”
Do not expect the Eagles, despite having a new coach, to sneak up on anyone in 8-1A.? The district coaches have pegged them as the favorite to win the district title, in front of Central Catholic of Morgan City.
CCMC, coming off an 11-2 record, returns plenty.?
The Panthers, who fell to Oberlin in the quarterfinals, rely on the arms and legs of junior quarterback Josh Singleton, who ran for?600 yards and threw for 934. He’s back and ready to do it again, said CCMC coach David Fuhrer.?
“Josh is a more agile kind of quarterback than what we have had in the past,” said Fuhrer. “Central Catholic has had drop- back quarterbacks, but he is more of an option quarterback.”
Behind the legs and arms of Singleton, Fuhrer is expecting positive things from his team.?
The Panthers return all but one player on offense and seven on defense.
“We have a lot of expectations this year,” Fuhrer added. “We return many starters and have guys behind them who can back them up.”
When Singleton is not running, look for him to throw to tight end Conner LeBlanc (6-2, 185) or his 6-3, 190-pound split end Dontrell Brown.
On defense, Lloyd Grogan, the district MVP last year, is back at linebacker. Grogan had 111 combined tackles in 2010.
Ascension Episcopal is hoping to build on a successful 2010. The Gators were 6-5 in 2010 and lost to Westminster Christian in the first round.
The Gators are in their third year of football. Under Randy Johnson, AEHS won two games in 2009 with only 16 players.
Last year, with 23 players, they went 6-5. This year with 31 players, Johnson is hoping to improve on a year ago.
“Our biggest weakness is going to be our size and inexperience, because this is only their third year of football,” said Johnson. “This is made up for, however, with their enthusiasm and the fact that they have had some success.”
A huge reason for their success is Myles Lee. Lee, a 6-0, 185-pound running back, had 135 carries for 1,094 yards last season. He averaged 8 yards per carry and scored 18 touchdowns.? When he was not crossing the goal line, Lee was kicking it through the uprights. He also made 31 out of 33 PATs and two field goals.
On defense, the Gators return their leading tackler, Parker Parra, who is a 5-11, 180-pound defensive tackle.
“It should be an interesting year for our third year of football,” Johnson said.
Gueydan is looking for bodies to fill positions. The Bears,?coming off a 2-8 season, have holes to fill, especially on the offensive line. Last year, the line averaged 6-1. This year, the line is expected to be about 5-8 to 5-10.
Gueydan coach Jay Landry is having to replace his entire offensive line, which also means he is going have to replace his entire defensive line.
The good news is that Trevor Derouen, who rushed for 1,000 yards a year ago, is back to carry the ball for Gueydan.?Billy Baily and Josh Hebert also expected to get carries for Gueydan.
Hanson has most of its returnees from a year ago. Hanson, coming off a 3-7 year, has nine back on offense and 10 on defense.
“The numbers are there, but we have to stay healthy,” said Hanson coach Richard Standusky. ?
Getting the starting nod at QB is Drake Rodriguez, who started the final five games for Hanson. He had?more than 500 yards rushing at QB.
On defense, 10 out of 11 starters began or finished the year as a starter.?
Leading the defense last season in tackles is linebacker Zachary Uzéy, who returns for his senior year.
“With 13 seniors, we are looking to improve on last year’s record,” Standuskey said.