Barry Sigur, West Feliciana

West Feliciana’s Barry Sigur didn’t think anyone outside of the Saints program knew his name. After all, no one pays much attention to senior defensive backs that have only been on the team for the past two years, especially when big-time college recruits walk the same sidelines.

Sigur flew under the radar for most of the season after sitting out his sophomore year to work on his grades. But with two games left, including a matchup with University High on Friday, opponents are quickly learning Sigur’s name.

Sigur, who came to the St. Francisville area after his family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has been a key component in West Feliciana’s (7-1, 3-1 District 7-3A) defense that held opponents to 13 points per game through the first eight weeks of the season, including a pair of shutouts. Sigur and the rest of the Saints defense will be tested Friday, though, as the undefeated Cubs (8-0, district 4-0) enter the contest averaging almost 38 points per game.

Saints coach Robb Odoms said Sigur is a defensive leader. He said that he made strides in the quality of his performance since returning to the program.

“He’s a team player and he’ll do whatever is best for the team,” Odoms said. “All the kids love their name in the paper. I’m sure he does too, but Barry will do what’s best for the team and that’s what he does for us. He’s a leader and he leads by example.”

Sigur considers himself a “lockdown” cornerback in the Saints’ man-to-man defensive look.

On the season, Sigur recorded 35 tackles, three fumble recoveries, 12 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions, but Sigur is not concerned with his numbers. He said he goes into every game expecting to not allow a receiver to complete a pass under his watch and said the only score he’s allowed this season came in the first week against East Feliciana.

“I just try to do my job and depend on my brothers to do their jobs,” Sigur said. “I just try to avoid letting anybody catch any passes on my side and make as many tackles as I can.”

It’s Sigur’s athletic ability and performance on the field that led Odoms to put him on West Feliciana’s star wide receiver and LSU recruit Jazz Ferguson every day in practice — a responsibility Sigur said he values because it not only makes him better, but more importantly, it makes his teammate better.

“Just watching him grow everyday in practice and how he covers our No. 1 receiver,” Odoms said.

“It’s the little things that he does that gives us all the faith in the world that he’s going to get the job done.”