BREAUX BRIDGE - District 6-4A coaches might want to disregard those old game videos featuring a Breaux Bridge High offense that traditionally used the pass in desperate times.
Play-calling could potentially expand this season for the Tigers, who will be tempted to throw more as the favorite to capture the district title.
BBHS has two recent LSU commitments with speed and receiving skills as bookend receivers, something Breaux Bridge hasn’t seen at those positions in decades.
Senior split end Kavahra Holmes and wide receiver Travin Dural give the Tigers two deep threats that complement an offense returning two running backs that combined for nearly 2,000 yards last year.
Holmes and Dural are two of three LSU commitments on the Breaux Bridge roster. In April, BBHS linebacker Lamar Louis also committed to LSU.
Earlier this week, Breaux Bridge registered a fourth college commitment when linebacker Tyren Alexander committed to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
It’s unusual for any team to have so many college commitments before starting a season, said BBHS coach Paul Broussard, a 20-year veteran assistant at the school who became head coach last year.
“That’s something that I know hasn’t happened around here, having so many college commitments, especially three going to LSU,” Broussard said.
Although the talented duo will tempt the Tigers to stretch the field, Broussard said his offense won’t abandon the run.
“To an extent will be throwing more, but I don’t think we will get away from the run. I think we will be able to distribute the ball to others more,” he said.
Broussard said Holmes started his athletic career in track and then decided to play football. Dural was one of the playmakers on a Breaux Bridge team that passed for almost 1,000 yards last year.
Louis tore a right knee ligament in 2010 spring football and didn’t play last year while undergoing rehabilitation.
Holmes won the Class 4A 400 meters title in May. He also had the nation’s second-fastest time in the event this spring.
“(Holmes) started getting on the field last year, and I think after the camps he attended at LSU, the coaches there like his potential,” Broussard. said. “He’s a really fast guy that LSU feels will develop into a good receiver.”
Holmes said he is excited about the possibilities that he and Dural will create.
“Me and Travin, we’re like brothers,” Holmes said. “I’ve watched him and what he does has made me a better receiver. Personally I’ve been working on proving that I can be a good receiver and not just because of the speed and receiving.”
Dural said his final commitment decisions were between LSU and Alabama.
“LSU, for me growing up, is a place that I always wanted to be,” Dural said. “I went to a camp there in the spring and before that I had attended practices and things like picnics (at LSU).”
Holmes said BBHS has thrown the ball in the obvious situations, but he expects that to change.
“I think now we will use the passing game to open up the offense,” he said.
Dural said he doesn’t expect anything too apparent to change offensively.
“I don’t think that offensively we will change what we have always been doing or running only occasionally,” he said.
Broussard said the Tigers passing game does have inexperienced at quarterback, with junior Lance Menard and sophomore Lane Landry. Both have little experience throwing the ball.
Holmes said inexperience at quarterback won’t be a problem.
“We’re playing as a whole offense and as a team,” Holmes said. “The quarterbacks are getting used to the receivers. You could see that in the summer workouts.”
Louis said he has been told he will play either outside or inside linebacker and perhaps as a situational running back at LSU, a place where he always wanted to attend.
“LSU is like my dream school. It came down to (LSU), Alabama and other schools,” Louis said.
Louis said he also expects to play some at running back at BBHS this year, although the Tigers return running backs Darrien Thomas (1,004 yards) and Adrian Menard (860 yards).
“Running back is also a place I played when I was a sophomore,” Louis said.
Broussard said Louis was a surprise at several of the college camps this spring.
“The coaches who saw him and his physical size (6-feet, 220 pounds) asked where he had been all this time. Some didn’t know he was injured and didn’t play last year,” Broussard said.
Alexander is scheduled to play middle linebacker this year, but he said UL-Lafayette will use him as an outside linebacker or perhaps a strong safety.
“I committed early because I really like the way the (ULL) coaches work their players. They stay on top of you. I really like that in coaches,” Alexander said.
“Looking at (the ULL defense), I saw that I would fit in well with the way they play on that side of the ball.”