East Iberville High coach John Young said his school will definitely consider moving to eight-man football for 2015. For now, Young is banking on experience and a tactical change to give his 20-player squad the chance at success in Class 1A, a year after an 0-10 finish.
The move to a 3-3 defensive alignment is the key change. The return of top players like fullback-linebacker Daijail Arthur and receiver-safety Ja’Chai Scott also is pivotal.
“We don’t have many linemen,” Young said. “Playing a 3-3 suits the players we have, so we spent part of the summer learning it. (EIHS players) like it and since we have almost everybody back I’d like to think we can be better as a team.”
The Tigers traveled to Plaquemine to learn the 3-3 defense from former EIHS coach Kelcy Dotson, who is now an assistant at Plaquemine High. Young was an assistant to Dotson and succeeded him when Dotson moved to Plaquemine.
Young said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Scott has attracted the attention of recruiters from Southern and Nicholls.
Eagles on MaxPreps list
Parkview Baptist is ranked seventh on the list of Louisiana’s 20 Most Dominant Teams in the MaxPreps era. The list was released Tuesday.
John Curtis tops the list of teams, followed by West Monroe and Evangel Christian. Acadiana High, rated fourth, is the highest rated Acadiana area team.
Joining PBS on the list were No. 13 Lutcher and Catholic High, which was rated 20th. Other New Orleans area teams included were Rummel (fifth), Destrehan (10th), Ednar Karr (11th), St. Charles Catholic (15th), Franklinton (16th), East St. John (17th) and Shaw (18th).
The Acadiana list included Notre Dame (ninth) and St. Thomas More (12th).
Nothing exciting — yet
Woodlawn High coach Brett Beard can’t relate to the coaches who have endured offseason turmoil. And he’s happy about it.
“Right now we’re just boring,” said Beard, who is entering his second season at WHS. “We haven’t had any problems. We’re in a situation where everybody just comes to work every day.
“I guess the thing that excites me the most is the camaraderie and the attitude. With that said, I really liked the guys we had last year, especially for a transition year. But when you have what we’ve got now you can build something.”
Beard said the Panthers have had 80 players in grades 10-12 at conditioning practices this week and look to add another 30 to 40 freshmen when school starts next week.
Better late for Bengals
Most of the Baton Rouge area’s football teams that conducted camps outside the area did so last week, but not Belaire.
The Class 4A Bengals arrived at a camp in Poplarville, Miss., on Monday and are set to return home Wednesday afternoon, said coach Keith Woods.
“We only wanted to do it for a couple of days, and we really didn’t want to be here when a lot of other teams were around, so this has been great,” Woods said Tuesday afternoon. “This is the first time we’ve ever tried going to a camp and the kids love it. A couple of guys couldn’t come, but we’re pleased with what we’ve done.”
Woods said 38 players made the trip, which will end the Bengals’ preseason workouts.
“We’re going to give the players the rest of the week off when we get back,” Woods said. “Our next practice will be Monday when school starts.”