Source: Interim coach Sean Beauchamp, West St. John’s Robert Valdez are leading candidates for Scotlandville High football job _lowres

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Robert Valdez has agreed to take over as Scotlandville's new football coach.

Interim head coach Sean Beauchamp and West St. John coach Robert Valdez have emerged as the top candidates to become head football coach at Scotlandville High, a source close to the coaching search told The Advocate on Monday night.

The source also said Beauchamp, the Hornets’ defensive coordinator for three seasons, and Valdez, a former Southern player who also coached one season at McKinley, are among four candidates to be interviewed by a screening committee of alumni Tuesday.

Beauchamp became interim coach last week when Eric Randall resigned after three seasons. Beauchamp came to SHS in 2012 when Randall became head coach and had been the Hornets’ defensive coordinator. Randall, a former Glen Oaks and SU quarterback, stepped down to become an assistant principal at Baker.

The Hornets are coming off a 9-4 season that included a berth in the Class 5A state quarterfinals. It was the most successful season since the school restarted its football program more than a decade ago and its best overall season since 1969.

Valdez led West St. John to a 10-3 record last fall as the Rams advanced to the Class 1A semifinals. He has a 60-29 record at the school and is 64-35 overall. WSJ opted to play up in Class 2A starting this fall.