Media interviews aren’t Sully Laiche’s thing.
By all accounts, including those of Lutcher football coach Tim Detillier, the junior defensive lineman is a man of few words.
When Laiche speaks, teammates listen. But he’d rather pursue a running back or a quarterback than talk about it.
“I like to sack the quarterback,” Laiche said. “I think that’s the most fun. As long as we stop the other team, it’s good.”
It’s fair to say Laiche is pretty good too. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound nose guard has been playing for the Bulldogs since he was an eighth-grader. He was voted the District 6-4A Defensive MVP as a sophomore and also earned Class 4A all-state honors last season.
Those honors are in the past. Laiche and Lutcher (3-2) look to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on unbeaten St. Michael the Archangel (5-0) in a District 6-4A opener set for 7 p.m. Friday at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium.
“It’s a big game,” Laiche said. “We’ve got to do what we do and play Lutcher football.”
By Laiche’s definition, Lutcher football, is a hard-nosed, aggressive style of football. Giving up is never an option, which suits Laiche perfectly, said Detillier and LHS defensive coordinator Troy Borne.
“I guess the things that stand out about Sully are his hand speed and his physical strength,” Borne said. “He’s just a big, strong country boy. I’d put him up against any defensive linemen we’ve ever had play here at Lutcher, and we’ve had some good ones.
“He commands so much attention. Other teams will double and sometimes triple team him. Even then, he gets around people, goes through them and makes plays. When other teams pay so much attention to Sully, it opens up things for the other 10 guys who also work very hard.”
Borne’s statement about Laiche ranking among the Bulldogs’ best defensive linemen ever might surprise skeptics. Within the last decade, Lutcher had Rolando Melancon, a highly sought after defensive lineman.
There also are family comparisons. Laiche’s older brothers, Tyler and Blake, also were linemen for Borne and the Bulldogs.
Laiche runs a 4.9 40-yard and attended camps at LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southeastern over the summer. Those camps offered a different perspective.
“I found out there are some real good linemen around,” Laiche said. “That made me work harder.”
To date, Laiche has 17 tackles, 18 assists, five sacks and five tackles for loss. Those back-to-back losses to Class 5A St. Amant and East Ascension have Laiche more determined than ever to help the Bulldogs win.
There’s added motivation. Laiche was one of several players Detillier held out for a couple of series in Friday’s game at EAHS because of minor school-related issues. It was Detillier’s way of sending a message. Laiche got the message and wants to deliver one of his own.
(The Warriors like to run the ball, and they are good at it,” Laiche said. “We have to stop them at the line.”
Borne again stresses the quickness of Laiche’s hands and how he’s mastered a number of moves that make it easier to get into an opponent’s backfield. Whether or not that makes Laiche a highly regarded recruit next season remains to be seen.
Detillier and Borne like what they see and for now, that’s plenty.
“Sully is a great kid and he’s one heckuva football player,” Detillier said. “I feel like his best football is still ahead of him. Hopefully, we see some of that Friday night.”