Carencro High School’s multiple personalities on offense have served the Bears well in coach Brent Indest’s second season.
The Bears are 6-0 and ranked third in Class 5A after finishing 6-5 last season.
“In the Wing-T, each running play has its own personality,” Indest said. “In that first year of running it, (my) teams have had some success. You see that improvement in the second year.”
Running back Alex Johnson has been one example of that improvement. The senior has rushed for 1,372 yards and 18 touchdowns.
“The offense is not a typical I-formation,” Indest said. “There were a few situations when Alex had a hard time finding seams last year.”
Johnson and quarterback Jalen Nixon have managed to locate many of those holes this season. In a 55-8 win over Comeaux last week, four of Carencro’s touchdowns came on plays that covered more than 40 yards. Nixon piled up 123 yards on just three carries.
“We have scored from far out this year more than any team we have had,” Indest said. “The offensive line has been the biggest improvement from last year to this year. We are a whole lot better from tight end to tackle.”
The Bears of Lafayette (3-0 in District 3-5A) travel to Lake Charles to face a Barbe team on Friday which has enjoyed its own share of scoring success. Barbe (4-2, 2-0 in 3-5A) is coming off a 44-21 victory over Acadiana in which quarterback Kennon Fontenot passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns.
“The quarterback (Fontenot) buys time and makes plays,” Indest said. “They have two receivers in Trey Quinn and Desean Smith. ... Smith is a matchup nightmare. You can have good coverage and not do much. They (the Bucs) are versatile. They are throwing it a lot more and now they are more dangerous.”
The Barbe defense that forced four Acadiana fumbles last week also has Indest’s attention.
“Barbe gets to the ball on defense very well,” he said. “The way they pursue to the ball is as good as we have seen all year.”
St. Julien leads Loreauville
Nick St. Julien has helped propel Loreauville to a No. 5 ranking in Class 2A by rushing for 1,219 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns.
St. Julien split time in the backfield last year with B.J. Greene. But with Greene graduated, St. Julien has taken on a bigger workload this season.
“When B.J. got hurt last year, Nick got a lot of carries,” said Loreauville coach Trent Delahoussaye. “He also got some carries from the wide receiver position. He is a slasher. With the zone offense we run, he can make that cutback and do it against the grain.”
St. Julien started the season with 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25 carries in Loreauville’s lone loss of the season (to Central Catholic). He improved on that pace by notching 276 yards and four touchdowns last week in a win over West St. Mary. His consistency and growth as a runner have stood out to Delahoussaye.
“Nick is a smart kid, and we trust him with the ball to make the right decision,” Delahoussaye said. “Rarely does he make the same mistake twice.”
As Loreauville (5-1, 1-0 in District 6-2A) prepares to host Delcambre (3-3, 1-0) on Friday, Delahoussaye’s defense has allowed an average of 9.3 points over the past three weeks.
“Any time we can sustain drives and put up a high amount of points, you don’t have to play uptight on defense,” Delahoussaye said.