Trailing Dunham by nine points late in Friday’s game, Ascension Catholic defensive end Delmond Landry knew he had to come up with a big play for his team.
As a Class 1A All-State defensive end and all-district tight end, Landry was used to making plays on both sides of the ball when his team needed him. But this time around, he had the added pressures of being a senior leader.
“That’s a big role, but I have to do it,” Landry said. “It’s my senior year, and I have to lead for all those other guys.”
The second the ball was snapped, the 6-foot-5 Landry did what he had done on so many occasions — he got his hands up.
“He reached up and grabbed it (the ball) with one hand and took off running with it for a touchdown,” Ascension Catholic football coach Doug Moreau said. “He never even touched it with his other hand. He just caught it with his right hand and took off running with it.”
Landry said the only thing on his mind as he burst down the field, was making it to the end zone and helping his team win the game.
“It worked,” Landry said as Ascension Catholic went on to defeat Dunham 24-23 thanks in part to Landry’s performance.
Landry is coming off a stellar junior season that saw him post 73 tackles, 21 sacks and 17 tackles for loss, earning him the District 8-1A MVP after leading the Bulldogs to the playoffs.
But Moreau said Landry is bigger, faster and stronger heading into the Bulldogs’ Week 3 matchup at Christian Life Academy on Friday and is expecting big things from the Louisiana-Lafayette commitment during his senior season, particularly in his second full season at tight end.
The Bulldogs coach said he originally planned to move Landry to the guard this season, and Landry was good at the position, but injuries ultimately moved him back to tight end.
Landry said his play at tight end has been a primary focus for him this season since he’s still relatively new at the spot, crediting several skills he’s picked up in basketball — primarily footwork and catching — as major factors in his development at the position.
“I just use my hands and my height and my weight to catch (the ball),” Landry said. “I just use everything skills-wise for basketball, and I just translate all that onto the football field.”
Landry said, despite the notoriety he’s received in basketball, he’s fully committed to football and only picked up his secondary sport because some of his friends were on the team as well.
That “just for kicks” attitude of Landry’s worked out in Ascension Catholic’s favor as he went on to average 23.7 points, 17.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots last season.
“(Landry) was MVP of the district in basketball last year as well and to be good at basketball you have to have good hands and feet,” Moreau said. “He’s the whole package.”