Spring 2018 football recap: Donaldsonville Tigers
The Donaldsonville Tigers went through a spirited 10 days of spring football, culminating with a hard-fought scrimmage with Baton Rouge’s Tara High School.
“We have a lot of new faces and we are starting from scratch,” coach Brian Richardson said.
Gone are Tahj Brown, who is set to play college ball at the University of Houston; Davon Wright, who is headed to Tulane; and Jaylen Williams, set to play at Blinn Community College; plus several starters from a strong senior class that led the Tigers to a playoff victory.
“Replacing those seniors is a difficult task, but our staff is up to the challenge,” Richardson said.
Tigers fans will certainly need a roster in the fall with so many new faces on the team.
“We are looking for leadership and it will come from different guys,” Richardson said.
The quarterback position is typically a leadership spot and vying for the position will be sophomore Josh Collier and freshman Treyvon Brown.
“It’s nip and tuck right now, will keep evaluating them into the fall,” Richardson said.
One player who is returning with experience is Christian “Muppetbaby” Bell, a dangerous runner with track speed who will be the focus of most opponents. Some other names to watch are wide receiver Jeffrey Johnson, corner Savon Landry, Dandre Johnson, running back Raeland Johnson and Tyrese Ester.
The Tigers lost the entire starting offensive line but do return Willie Picou, Rashad Millien and Jalen Winchester.
“We lost some leaders on that line. Young guys must step up,” Richardson said.
The Tigers’ spring game with Tara was a “freshman theme” as the Tigers started several eighth-graders. The spring was a learning experience for the young Tigers squad and Richardson knows they will improve.
“Lining up correctly, knowing our terminology and applying what they have been taught -- that is success, to me,” Richardson said.
2018 Ascension Parish All District baseball
1st Team: Chad Kennedy, East Ascension, pitcher; Jack Merrifield, Dutchtown, pitcher; Dwain Guice, St. Amant, pitcher; Reed Babin, St. Amant, catcher; Preston Thrash, East Ascension, infielder; Braydon Caskey, Dutchtown, infielder; Ayden Phillips, St. Amant, outfield; Jordan Badame, Dutchtown, outfield; Cameron Schexnaildre, East Ascension, utility; and Blaise Foote, East Ascension, utility
2nd Team: Christian Garner, East Ascension, pitcher; Teddy Webb, St. Amant, pitcher; Stephen Alexander, East Ascension, catcher; Greg Dyason, Dutchtown, catcher; Blake Peterson, East Ascension, infielder; Frank Miller, Dutchtown, infielder; Miles Murray, St. Amant, infielder; Zane Zeppuhar, St. Amant, outfield; Carson Dabadie, East Ascension, outfield; Grant Griffin, East Ascension, outfield; Cohen Parent, Dutchtown, outfield; Cole Morrison, Dutchtown, utility; Layton Lee, Dutchtown, utility; Will Reed, Dutchtown, utility; amd Kagan Wheat, East Ascension, utility
1st Team: Tre Medine, Ascension Catholic, pitcher; William Dunn, Ascension Catholic, infielder; Charles Gianelloni, Ascension Catholic, infielder; Mason Braud, Ascension Christian, infielder; Mason Zeringue, Ascension Catholic, outfield; K’Von Delone, Ascension Christian, outfield; Brock Acosta, Ascension Catholic, utility; and Rodney Blanchard, Ascension Catholic, utility
2nd Team: Jai Williams, Ascension Catholic, pitcher; Josh Diez, Ascension Christian, pitcher; Landon Ortego, Ascension Christian, catcher; Sal Montalbano, Ascension Christian, infielder; John Broussard, Ascension Catholic, outfield; and Tyler Cambre, Ascension Christian, utility