BAKER — Kensley Septs looks the part of a prototype fullback. The Baker High School senior is 6-foot and weighs in at 245 pounds.
Much like the Buffaloes team that is eager to show improvement, Septs wants to show his game isn’t based on looks alone.
Meanwhile, second-year Baker coach Robert Raines looks for Septs to help carry the Buffaloes a long way.
“Kensley has not only gotten better, he’s also gotten serious about his future,” Raines said. “He definitely has the size, the potential and the tools to play on the college level.
“But we were honest with him after last season. We told him there were some things he needed to work on like balance and ball security. He’s been doing that.”
For a Class 3A Baker team that has about 30 players, Septs has to do a lot more than play fullback. He also plays defensive end and linebacker.
“I just like to play,” Septs said. “Whatever the team needs, I want to be able to do.
“Last year we had some ups and downs. We, the senior class, were all learning so we could do better for next year.”
The notion of Septs doing better than last season in the Buffaloes’ Wing-T offense may be a scary prospect for opponents.
In seven games, Septs ran for a team-high 747 yards, more than selling the dive play that is such an key part of the Wing-T. An ankle injury suffered against Northeast sidelined Septs for the final three games of the 2010 season.
Septs is part of a inside-outside combination Raines hopes will flourish as Baker looks to improve on last year’s 3-7 record.
Tailback Michael Gosserand, a junior who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, had 462 yards on 77 carries. Gosserand is poised to be a major outside running threat.
One thing the Buffaloes are seeking is stability at quarterback. Last year’s starter, Brylin Porter, moved to St. Martinville before the start of school. Even with five freshmen and sophomores vying for Porter’s spot, Raines said the objective remains the same — get Septs the ball.
Once he gets the ball, Septs said he will have two objectives — hit a defender and gain yards in the open field.
“I like hitting people,” Septs said. “Once I cross the line, I go for the contact.
“The thing I need to do a better job of is running in the open field. That’s one of the things I know I need to be better at.”
Septs took the constructive criticism from Raines and the other Baker coaches to heart during the offseason. He continued working hard in the classroom and closed out the year with a 3.0 grade point average. In the weight room, Septs was one of only two Buffaloes to finish with total lifts of more than 1,300 pounds.
“He’s a big, strong kid who does the things it’s so hard to teach high school players to do these days,” Northeast High coach David Masterson said. “He doesn’t try to make every run a 70-yard run.
“He’s a big guy who runs downhill through the middle of field, hits people and picks up 4, 5 or 6 yards a carry. That can help you win.”
Raines hesitates when asked if there’s a fullback or running back Septs reminds him of.
“He kind of like a combination of a couple of guys I’ve seen,” Raines said.
“More than anything else, we just want him to run like Kensley Septs.”