Don’t expect East Iberville High football coach Kelcy Dotson to abandon the coaching profession to join the cast of the popular television series, “Swamp People.”
However, Dotson couldn’t resist making a reference to alligator hunting when he explained the particulars of his team’s District 9-1A showdown with St. John-Plaquemine.
“A team like St. John doesn’t have a whole lot of weaknesses,” Dotson said. “That’s why you have to make sure you hit the right spots. If you miss even by a small margin, they’ll burn you.
“It’s like hunting an alligator. There’s that one small spot on the head you have to hit when you shoot. If you do, your chances are good. If not, that one may get away.”
St. John (5-2, 2-0) hosts EIHS (6-1, 1-1) for the 9-1A game Thursday at Plaquemine High’s Canova Stadium. It is one of two games involving area Class 1A teams. False River Academy (2-5, 0-4) travels to Opelousas to take on Opelousas Catholic (2-5, 1-3) in District 6-1A. Both games start at 7 p.m.
East Iberville got off to one of its best starts ever, going 5-0. Two weeks ago, the Tigers moved into the treacherous waters of 9-1A play and lost 44-6 to defending Class 1A state champion White Castle.
Last week, St. John notched a 21-13 win over White Castle, while East Iberville claimed a 34-13 victory over Ascension Christian.
“Playing White Castle gave us a chance to see where we are in comparison to the rest of the district,” Dotson said. “There were situations we didn’t handle well. This is another chance for us to see where we stand.
“We’ll need to be able to control the line of scrimmage. St. John likes to run a lot of formations, so we’ll have to be disciplined.”
The game features three of the area’s top Class 1A rushers. St. John’s Christian Primeaux has 1,017 yards and 17 TDs, while the Eagles’ Davante Williams has 938 yards and 9 TDs.
East Iberville’s Nicholas Brooks has 870 yards and 18 TDs and is third in the state in scoring with 122 points.
St. John coach Tut Musemeche sees the game as a challenge for his Eagles, too.
“This is a big game for us, too,” Musemeche said. “If I could pick what we do, we’d want to get ahead early.
“East Iberville is going to have something to say about that. They’ve got good athletes playing the skill positions and they might have the largest line in our district.
“They’re a team that’s gotten better and they’re playing with some confidence. I expect this one to be a four-quarter game. We had one last week and expect another one this week.”
The EIHS-St. John game is also a tuneup for games with another top team in 9-1A, ninth-ranked West St. John (5-2, 2-0).
St. John meets WSJHS next week. The Tigers face the Rams in Week 10.
“There’s a tough game in this district just about every week,” Musemeche said. “This is the next one for us.”