Clint Harrison had arguably the most explosive offenses in the New Orleans area last season when he was coach at Belle Chasse.
The high-octane Cardinals averaged 43.9 points per game.
Now Harrison is hoping to put up those same type of numbers at John Ehret, where he now serves as offensive coordinator.
“It’s been a smooth transition,” said Harrison, who joined the Ehret staff in the spring.
“It’s no different except a lot of the administrative responsibilities have been taken off of me. I have taken on a lot less, and that has allowed me and coach (Corey) Lambert to concentrate and be more specific in our job responsibilities and duties.
“All I have to worry about now is the offense.”
Lambert said Harrison has boosted the program.
“For the first time in my three years as a head coach , I can truly say that Clint Harrison, as my right hand man, has been a sigh of relief,” Lambert said.
“He is a family man, loyal and trustworthy, and he has the same goals of teaching kids to become productive student athletes.”
Harrison spent eight seasons Belle Chasse, six as an assistant and the past two as head coach.
His Belle Chasse team lost to Warren Easton 55-49 in a shootout in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
He takes over an Ehret offense that is without running back Darrel Williams, now playing at LSU after a 2,000-yard season a year ago.
Harrison said he hasn’t made any wholesale changes to the offense at Ehret.
“They ran the spread, and the concepts are about the same,” Harrison said.
“We changed some practice habits. But as far as plays and organization, everything was in place and I just tried to put my touch on it. I try to put in the things I think are going to work well based on the personnel we have.”
Ehret will play Thomas Jefferson at 4 p.m. Friday in the Westbank Optimist Classic Football Jamboree at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
N.O. Home School underway
While the LHSAA football season is still a week away, one local team has started its regular season.
New Orleans Home School lost to Ben’s Ford 39-0 Friday night in the season opener.
But coach John Burke is expecting things to turn around for his team that finished 0-10 last season.
“Last year we only graduated three seniors and none of them were starters,” Burke said. “We have lot of returning experience, and that hasn’t been typical of us.”
Leading returners for the Saints are quarterback Darius Beverly (288 passing yards, 255 rushing last season), running back Myron Ernest (434 yards), and offensive lineman John Burke (37 pancake blocks).
The Saints’ next game will be Sept. 13 in Lafayette against Acadiana Home School.
The first home game is Sept. 19 against Assembly Christian School at Pan Am Stadium.
This is the sixth season New Orleans Home School has fielded a team.
The Association of Christian Educators of Louisiana state championship game will be played Nov. 6 at Tad Gormley Stadium.
New Orleans Home School Saints
Coach: John Burke, Sr. (8-30)
2013: 0-10, 0-6 in district
Last playoff appearance: (lost last season Win first round to Baton Rouge Christian Home Educators Fellowship)
That was then: Young Saints went winless
This is now: The team didn’t lose any starters from a year ago and returns three all-state selections in QB Darius Beverly, RB Myron Ernest, and John Burke.
Ask the Advocate: With everyone back, Saints should be improved, but it may be hard to reach that coveted championship game on their home field at Tad Gormley.
Projected starters on offense:
*QB Darius Beverly (5-10, 170, Sr.);* RB Hayden Done (5-9, 175, Jr.), *RB Myron Ernest (5-7, 160, Sr.); * C John Burke (6-1, 255, Sr.); *OG Christian Lacaze (5-11, 240, So.); Sumdi Dukes (5-10, 200, Fr.); *OG Daniel Patterson (5-10, 190, So.); *OT Michael Stasney (6-1, 200, Jr.); * SE Blake Fisher (6-0, 200, So.); *SE Christian McCloud (6-1, 200); SE Tony Castillo (5-10, 170, Sr.)
Projected starters on defense:
*DE Nathan Adams (5-11, 170, Jr.); *DT John Burke (6-1, 255, Sr.); DT Kenny Williams (6-2, 300, Sr.); *DT Christian Lacaze (5-11, 240, So.);* DE Michael Stasney (6-1, 200, Jr); *LB Ben Blouin (5-10, 180, So.); *LB Eli Brown (5-8, 170, So.); *LB Hayden Done (5-9, 175, Jr.); *DB Blake Fisher (6-0, 200, So.); *DB Ben Diggs (6-0, 185, Jr.); *DB Myron Ernest (5-7, 170, Sr.)
Aug. 22 at Ben’s Ford, L, 39-0
Sept. 13 at Acadiana Home School
Sept. 19 Assempbly Christian (Pan Am)
Oct. 2 at Baton Rouge CHEF
Oct. 11 Archangels Home Sch. (Pan Am)
Oct 18 Acadiana Home School (Gormley)