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John Emery (4) with Destrehan, tries to avoid getting tackled during the semifinal football game between the Destrehan Fighting Wildcats and Landry-Walker in Wildcat Stadium at Destrehan High School, Friday December 2, 2016.

The Hahnville Tigers need no directions to reach the District 7-5A football throne room.

River Parishes supremacy for the past four years has taken up residence at Destrehan High, where the Wildcats have not lost a game save for the postseason and a 2013 forfeit.

A 37-1 record in regular-season play along with a 25-1 mark in 7-5A speak volumes about the domination of coach Steve Robicheaux’s program. Hahnville has come closest to catching the 'Cats: Last year’s meeting of the St. Charles Parish rivals was decided by a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining.

“I hate to sound like (Alabama coach) Nick Saban," said Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio, who is beginning his fourth season with the Tigers after winning a Class 4A state championship at East Jefferson in 2013. “But it’s just a process of building in order to catch them. Steve and his staff have done a great job. I did not know that much about them when I came here. ... I really have come to appreciate what he does with his staff. They have just a really, really solid football program.

“They’ve been to the Dome and to the semis and the quarterfinals. The three years I’ve been here, that’s their three losses. So you know, if you can catch them, that means that you’re really, really good."

It appears the Wildcats have reloaded.

Although 12 starters must be replaced from a 12-1 team that advanced to the Class 5A nonselect semifinals, the district champions return one of the nation’s top junior running back prospects in All-Metro selection John Emery. He holds scholarship offers from LSU, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss and North Carolina.

In addition to the 6-foot, 210-pound Emery, who rushed for 1,323 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore, the Wildcats feature two other highly regarded juniors at the skill positions: wide receiver Quinton Torbor and quarterback J.R. Blood.

Torbor has offers from Georgia, Auburn, Memphis, Kansas and others after catching 18 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. Blood is coming off a banner debut in which a midseason injury forced him into a starter’s role. The 6-foot-2, 165-pounder responded by completing 88 of 138 passes (63.8 percent) for 1,574 yards and 18 touchdowns while being intercepted only four times.

Defensively, the Wildcats have a solid group of playmakers led by defensive linemen Jabriel Fields and Bryce Scioneaux, linebackers Rob Hall and Macon Clark and strong safety Champ Craven.

“Every year is different," said Robicheaux, who is 154-32 with two state titles (2007 and 2008) during his first 15 seasons. “This is a new group of kids. Kids are all different. But expectations are always high at Destrehan. Our philosophy is just do your best and do what’s best for the program. Our kids buy into that. We’ve been real fortunate that it’s been working. We expect to win every Friday night, and that’s what the kids think about, not the success that we’ve had."

The Wildcats enter 2017 having won 30 consecutive regular-season games and 21 straight in District 7-5A dating to a forfeit to South Lafourche in 2013. They open against Slidell, St. Charles and John Ehret in nondistrict play before kicking off the 7-5A schedule at home against Hahnville on Sept. 22.

“Our kids understand that this is a whole different team and a whole different year," Robicheaux said. “All of those other (Destrehan) teams didn’t expect to go win for four consecutive years without a loss in the regular season, but it happened. We just keep pounding on them to do the right thing and good things happen, and we’ve got a pretty good run going on right now."

Destrehan’s primary competition for the 7-5A crown, Hahnville counters with 14 starters returning from a 9-3 team. Those three losses came against a state champion (Riverside), a state semifinalist (Destrehan) and a state quarterfinalist (John Ehret).

The Tigers return one of the state’s most dynamic running backs and an All-Metro performer in senior Anthony “Pooka" Williams. A Kansas commitment, the 5-9, 175-pound Williams enters his third year as a starter after scoring 20 touchdowns as a runner, receiver and kick returner. Williams totaled 1,870 yards (1,037 rushing, 833 receiving) and 14 scores from scrimmage in addition to returning six kickoff and punts for touchdowns.

Defense, where the Tigers return seven starters, is the area there must be improvement to catch the Wildcats, Saltaformaggio said. The Tigers switched to a 3-3 stack scheme that East Jefferson employed during its state championship season.

“The Achilles' heel here for me has been our defense," said Saltaformaggio, who in his three seasons directed the Tigers to two quarterfinal berths and a second-round trip a year ago. “Our defense just has not been very good. It has not been a Superdome-quality defense. We have had Superdome-quality offenses. That’s kind of the big question mark hanging over all of our heads in this locker room."

TEAM PREVIEW

(Teams picked in their predicted order of finish; *denotes returning starter; **denotes District 7-5A game)

DESTREHAN WILDCATS

COACH: Steve Robicheaux, 16th season, 154-32-0.

2016 record: 12-1 overall, 6-0 in District 7-5A.

Last playoff appearance: 2016. As a No. 1 seed in Class 5A, Destrehan beat No. 32 Terrebonne 47-7 in the first round, then beat No. 17 Mandeville 37-36 in the second round and beat No. 9 John Ehret 21-14 in the quarterfinals before losing to No. 5 Landry-Walker 50-14 in the semifinals.

Looking back: The Wildcats won a fourth consecutive District 7-5A championship and earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A nonselect playoffs in 2016 following a 9-0 regular season. Their only close game was a 31-28 victory against Hahnville in Week 4. The quest for the school’s sixth state title and first since 2008 ended in buzzsaw fashion in the semifinals, where eventual state champion Landry-Walker recorded a 50-14 victory.

Moving forward: The Wildcats kick off 2017 riding a 30-game winning streak in regular-season play and have not lost a district or regular-season game since Robicheaux’s return in 2013, save for a Week 8 forfeit to South Lafourche in 2013. The Wildcats are fielding 12 new starters, but these newcomers are spread evenly between offense and defense.

Ask The Advocate: There is no shortage of talent in the skill positions with running back John Emery, wide receivers Quinton Torbor and C.B. Anderson and quarterback J.R. Blood expected to supply plenty of scoring. Emery, a junior, projects as one of the state’s top prospects. Torbor, another junior, is receiving SEC attention from Auburn, Georgia and other schools. Defensively, nose guard Jabriel Fields, linebackers Rob Hall and Macon Clark and Champ Craven are stalwarts.

Projected starters on offense

WR *C.B. Anderson, 5-9, 170, Sr.; WR *Quinton Torbor, 6-2, 185, Jr.; WR Carl Lewis, 5-8, 155, Jr.; WR Mark Trahan, 5-9, 160, Jr.; TE/HB Carson Rieder, 6-4, 215, Jr.; OT Avery Wagner, 6-1, 210, Jr.; OG Brandon Oubre, 5-10, 260, Sr.; C Chase Cooke, 5-11, 205, Jr.; OG Jalen Richard, 5-10, 210, Jr.; *Samson Matthews, 6-1, 290, Sr.; QB *J.R. Blood, 6-2, 165, Jr.; RB *John Emery, 6-0, 210, Jr.; RB Kyle Edwards, 6-0, 190, So.

Projected starters on defense

DE *Bryce Scioneaux, 6-2, 260, Sr.; NG *Jabriel Fields, 6-2, 250, Sr.; DE Jyi Teague, 6-4, 250, Sr., DE Jeremiah Murphy, 6-1, 245, Jr.; DE Noah Taliancich, 6-4, 220, So.; DE Amouchechukwu Nnaji-Collins, 6-2, 225, Sr.; OLB *Macon Clark, 6-1, 180, Sr.; ILB Alex Huszar, 6-2, 215, Jr.; ILB *Rob Hall, 5-11, 195, Sr.; OLB Aaron Buckwalter, 6-2, 180, Sr.; CB Dontrell Smith, 5-11, 160, Jr.; FS Denzel Riley, 5-11, 165, Jr.; SS *Champ Craven, 5-10, 170, Jr.; NB Trent Smith, 5-7, 165, Jr.; CB Jalen Smothers, 5-11, 155, Sr.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent (Site)

Sept. 1 Slidell (Home)

Sept. 8 St. Charles Catholic (Away)

Sept. 15 John Ehret (Home)

Sept. 22 **Hahnville (Home)

Sept. 29 **Thibodaux (Away)

Oct. 6 **East St. John (Home)

Oct. 13 **Central Lafourche (Away)

Oct. 20 **H.L. Bourgeois (Away)

Oct. 27 Jesuit (Home)

Nov. 3 **Terrebonne (Away)

HAHNVILLE TIGERS

COACH: Nick Saltaformaggio, 4th season, 28-10; 119-53 overall

2016 record: 9-3 overall, 5-1 in District 7-5A

Last playoff appearance: 2016. As a No. 8 seed in the Class 5A state playoffs, Hahnville beat No. 25 Covington 31-17 in the first round and then lost to No. 9 John Ehret 35-28.

Looking back: Only a second-round upset by Ehret prevented the Tigers from getting a chance at redemption against Destrehan following a 31-28 loss to their St. Charles Parish rivals in the regular season. The Tigers closed the regular season with six straight wins after sustaining consecutive losses to Destrehan and eventual Division III select state champion Riverside.

Moving forward: With 14 returning starters, a large and solid offensive line and one of the most electrifying running backs in the state in Anthony “Pooka" Williams, the Tigers believe they have closed the gap between themselves and Destrehan. Williams and quarterback Jha’Quan Jackson should facilitate ample scoring against any opponent. Williams is a returning All-Metro performer and Kansas commitment who totaled 1,870 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a rusher (1,037 yards, seven TDs) and receiver (40-833-7) in addition to scoring six additional touchdowns via kick returns.

Ask The Advocate: Saltaformaggio points to defense being the area where the Tigers must improve to dethrone Destrehan and make a run at their first state finals appearance since 2003. Linebackers Amontae Jernigan and Coby Ambler and free safety Hunter Leblanc are proven playmakers, with Jernigan being a returning All-District performer. Jackson and a successful passing game are going to be needed to keep defenders from stacking up along the line of scrimmage to stop Williams.

Projected starters on offense

WR *Jamal Byrd, 6-3, 185, Jr.; WR *Michael Grey, 5-6, 155, Jr.; TE Brandon Thomas, 6-0, 215, Jr.; OT *Edwin Wells, 6-3, 290, Sr.; OG DeQuinn Butler, 5-10, 300, Jr.; C Gabe Medina, 6-1, 260, Jr.; OG *Torin Borne, 6-2, 315, Sr.; OT *Larry Dixon, 6-6, 330, Sr.; QB *Jha’Quan Jackson, 5-10, 185, Jr.; RB *Anthony Williams, 5-9, 175, Jr.; RB Jace Myers, 5-9, 190, Jr.; RB Brandon Carmondelle, 5-10, 155, So.; RB Daryle Evans, 5-11, 180, So.

Projected starters on defense

DE Jalen Singleton, 6-2, 205, Jr., and *Dylan DeJean, 5-9, 185, Sr.; NT Adonis Friloux, 6-1, 255, So.; DE *Lyncoy Reynard, 6-0, 235, Sr., Coby Ambler, 6-2, 190, Sr., and Logan Brimmer, 6-0, 210, So.; OLB *Conor Fenerty, 6-0, 185, Jr.; MLB *Amontae Jernigan, 6-1, 210, Jr.; LB Corey LaBranch, 5-10, 180, Jr.; LB John Pearsall, 5-10, 200, So.; CB Syre Lewis, 5-9, 150, So., and Max Ferrell, 5-9, 170, Jr.; SS *Logan Robert, 6-0, 180, Sr.; FS *Hunter Leblanc, 6-2, 170, Sr.; SS Lane McCully, 5-9, 155, Sr., and Chris LaFousse, 6-0, 195, Jr.; CB *Lloyd Jones, 5-11, 180, Sr.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent (Site)

Sept. 1 West Jefferson (Home)

Sept. 8 John Ehret (Away)

Sept. 15 Brother Martin (Home)

Sept. 22 **Destrehan (Away)

Sept. 29 **Terrebonne (Home)

Oct. 6 Pearl River (Away)

Oct. 13 **Thibodaux (Away)

Oct. 20 **East St. John (Away)

Oct. 27 **Central Lafourche (Home)

Nov. 4 **H.L. Bourgeois (Home)

THIBODAUX TIGERS

COACH: Chris Dugas, 7th season, 34-30

2016 Record: 6-5 overall, 4-2 in District 7-5A

Last playoff appearance: 2016. As a No. 16 seed in the Class 5A state playoffs, Thibodaux lost to No. 17 Mandeville 42-0 in the first round.

Looking back: The Tigers were rolling, sporting a 6-1 record and riding a six-game winning streak with a 3-0 mark in 7-5A, when injuries struck the defensive line and secondary. A four-game losing streak ensued, including the playoff spanking at home in which only four of the original starters on defense were available.

Moving forward: The Tigers have an intriguing prospect as their new starting quarterback in senior Damarcus Mitchell. Tall, strong, athletic and a capable passer, Mitchell is a transfer from Central Catholic of Morgan City where he earned all-state accolades as a safety. Thibodaux players and coaches have nicknamed Mitchell “Baby Cam" after the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton.

Ask The Advocate: Wide receiver Toby Everage and running back Saharold Holmes give Mitchell and the Tigers two speedy playmakers capable of striking for touchdowns from anywhere. The defense returns eight starters and boasts a large front four that is backed by a tackling machine in returning all-district middle linebacker Derrick Sullivan. Sullivan led the unit in tackles a year ago. The Tigers also have the luxury of playing their three toughest District 7-5A opponents, Destrehan, Hahnville and East St. John, at home.

Projected starters on offense

WR Toby Everage, 6-0, 170, Sr.; WR *Kevon Williams, 5-9, 150, Sr.; WR Cordell Wilson, 5-7, 160, Sr.; TE Cullen Nazio, 6-1, 185, Jr.; OT Chris Bolden, 6-3, 230, Sr.; OG Ray Vega, 5-10, 250, Sr.; C *Colin Torres, 6-0, 240, Sr.; OG Kobie Berger, 6-0, 260, So., and Jalen Himel, 5-10, 210, Sr.; OT Melik Guidroz, 6-1, 250, Sr.; QB Damarcus Mitchell, 6-3, 220, Sr.; RB *Tanner Guillot, 6-0, 190, Sr.; RB Saharold Holmes, 5-9, 150, Sr.

Projected starters on defense

DE *Tyler Holmes, 6-2, 255, Sr.; DT Ahmad Williams, 6-4, 310, Sr.; DT *Darius Richard, 6-0, 330, Sr.; DE *Tyrick Hills, 6-0, 240, Sr.; LB *Derrick Sullivan, 5-8, 200, Sr.; LB *Hunter Trosclair, 5-8, 175, So.; LB Khalil Brisco, 5-9, 190, So.; CB Tyren Young, 5-10, 165, So.; FS *Davion Ayro, 6-2, 175, Sr.; SS Rimond Thompson, 5-10, 185, So.; CB Joshua Holden, 5-9, 160, So.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent (Site)

Sept. 1 Vandebilt Catholic (Home)

Sept. 8 South Lafourche (Away)

Sept. 15 East Ascension (Away)

Sept. 22 **H.L. Bourgeois (Away)

Sept. 29 **Destrehan (Home)

Oct. 6 **Terrebonne (Away)

Oct. 13 **Hahnville (Home)

Oct. 20 West St. Mary (Home)

Oct. 27 **East St. John (Home)

Nov. 3 **Central Lafourche (Away)

EAST ST. JOHN WILDCATS

COACH: Alden Foster, 3rd season, 7-14

2016 Record: 5-6 overall, 3-3 in District 7-5A

Last playoff appearance: 2016. As a No. 23 seed in the Class 5A state playoffs, East St. John lost at No. 10 Barbe 23-19 in the first round.

Looking back: The Wildcats ended 2016 on a high note by winning their three final regular-season games following a 2-5 start. The storyline could have been even more positive if not for a Hail Mary pass completed for a touchdown with 2 seconds remaining that allowed Barbe to escape with a first-round playoff victory.

Moving forward: East St. John features a dynamic playmaker in junior quarterback Dasmain Crosby. Crosby totaled over 2,100 yards with his passing and running in six games as a sophomore after becoming a starter. All-state tight end Javon Antonio, who is expected to play wide receiver as well, and the Wildcats' other skill players should be beneficiaries of Crosby’s emergence.

Ask The Advocate: Defense is an area to monitor with seven new starters. There are no question marks about linebacker D’Andrei Pittman and safeties Jarius Monroe and Chris Thompson. Pittman recorded 12 sacks last season, and Thompson had four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown. Monroe is rated among the nation’s top junior defensive back prospects, Foster said.

Projected starters on offense

WR/TE *Javon Antonio, 6-4, 220, Sr.; WR Markel August, 5-11, 160, So.; WR Pershing Toney, 5-9, 175, Jr.; WR *Shelvin Keller, 5-9, 165, Sr.; TE *Hoxie Brown, 6-3, 235, Jr.; OT Daylen Potts, 5-9, 190, Jr.; OG Juanta Johnson, 5-10, 220, Jr.; C Drake Davis, 6-1, 245, Sr.; OG Jakobi Anerson, 6-4, 320, So.; OT *Morgan Ursin, 6-0, 240, Sr.; QB *Dasmain Crosby, 5-10, 160, Jr.; RB Calvin Gardner, 5-9, 205, So.

Projected starters on defense

DE Howie Brown, 6-3, 235, Jr.; DT Brad Arceneaux, 6-0, 235, Jr.; NT John Gayden, 6-2, 245, Sr.; DE Weiland Williams, 6-1, 230, Fr.; LB *D’Andrei Pittman, 6-1, 205, Sr.; LB *Javon Antonio, 6-4, 220, Sr.; LB Travian Hampton, 5-6, 160, So.; CB Howard Joseph, 5-9, 165, So.; FS *Jarius Monroe, 6-1, 185, Jr.; SS *Chris Thompson, 6-0, 195, Sr.; NB Isaiah Simpson, 5-8, 155, Sr.; CB Mark Stewart, 5-10, 190, Sr.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent (Site)

Sept. 1 Plaquemine (Away)

Sept. 8 West Jefferson (Home)

Sept. 15 McDonogh 35 (Home)

Sept. 22 **Central Lafourche (Home)

Sept. 29 **H.L. Bourgeois (Home)

Oct. 6 **Destrehan (Away)

Oct. 13 **Terrebonne (Away)

Oct. 20 **Hahnville (Home)

Oct. 27 **Thibodaux (Away)

Nov. 3 South Lafourche (Home)

H.L. BOURGEOIS BRAVES

COACH: Carey Melvin, 3rd season, 9-12

2016 Record: 4-7 overall, 2-4 in District 7-5A

Last playoff appearance: 2016. As a No. 31 seed in the Class 5A state playoffs, H.L. Bourgeois lost at No. 2 West Monroe 48-14 in the first round.

Looking back: The Braves had a four-game losing streak during a 1-5 skid that followed a 2-1 start last season. The team did end the regular season in positive fashion with a 44-37 victory against Terrebonne that earned the Braves a playoff berth.

Moving forward: The Braves are expected to start 18 underclassmen, 14 of whom are juniors who either started or saw significant playing time as sophomores. Melvin believes this experience should increase the team’s mental toughness.

Ask The Advocate: Junior Connor Verdin has big shoes to fill at quarterback, after Jude LeCompte, the team’s best player last season, graduated. As Verdin goes, so will the Braves, who now operate out of a spread offense after running the option in Melvin’s first two seasons. Verdin does have ample support at the skill positions and is part of a team hungry to taste the postseason again.

Projected starters on offense

WR * Alex Domangue, 6-1, 170, Sr.; WR Anthony Rainey, 5-10, 160, Sr.; WR *Cullen Nyssen, 5-9, 160, Jr.; WR Durwin Jackson, 5-9, 170, Jr.; WR D’Keyvion Sanders, 5-8, 155, Jr.; OT Hunter Folse, 6-3, 260, So.; OG Jimmy Clark, 6-2, 250, Jr.; C Blake East, 5-11, 320, So., and Bryce Bergeron, 5-9, 220, So.; OG *Caleb Melancon, 6-0, 265, Jr.; OT *Mitchell Basco, 6-1, 250, Sr.; QB *Connor Verdin, 5-9, 155, Jr.; RB Terrell Barrow, 5-6, 150, Sr.; RB McGarette Jackson, 5-10, 170, Sr.; RB Derius Pharr, 5-9, 210, Jr.

Projected starters on defense

DE *Lekelan Bougere, 6-2, 235, Jr.; DT *Chataman Riggs, 5-9, 260, Sr.; DT Carlos Flores, 5-10, 250, Sr.; DE Melvin Matthews, 6-3, 200, So.; WLB Daquan Sylvester, 5-11, 205, Jr.; MLB Jude 5-9, 180, Jr.; NB Trevonte Walker, 5-8, 180, Jr.; CB *Koby Starks, 5-10, 170, Jr.; S Anthony Ruffin Jr., 6-1, 180, Jr., and Dylan Rhodes, 5-9, 150, Sr.; FS *Richaud Batiste, 5-10, 170, Sr.; CB D’nd Wright, 5-7, 160, Jr.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent (Site)

Sept. 1 South Terrebonne (Away)

Sept. 8 Vandebilt Catholic (Home)

Sept. 15 Ellender (Away)

Sept. 22 **Thibodaux (Home)

Sept. 29 **East St. John (Away)

Oct. 6 **Central Lafourche (Away)

Oct. 13 Lakeshore (Away)

Oct. 20 **Destrehan (Home)

Oct. 27 **Terrebonne (Home)

Nov. 3 **Hahnville (Away)

TERREBONNE TIGERS

COACH: Gary Hill, 11th season, 51-56

2016 record: 4-7 overall, 1-5 in District 7-5A

Last playoff appearance: 2016. As a No. 32 seed in the Class 5A state playoffs, Terrebonne lost to No. 1 Destrehan 47-7 in the first round.

Looking back: The Tigers suffered three losses in their final four games that were decided by a total of 12 points. Those defeats to Lakeshore (47-45), East St. John (40-37) and H.L. Bourgeois (44-37) proved to be the difference in having a winning season and sentenced the Tigers to a first-round playoff trip to top-seeded Destrehan.

Moving forward: Junior quarterback Keshawn James heads a group of skill players that represent the strength of the Tigers as a team. The invaluable experience of starting for the second half of last season as a sophomore coupled with a natural leadership ability already has the Tigers rallying around James. As Hill says, the huddle perks up when James enters.

Ask The Advocate: The defense is more skilled, bigger up front and possesses more speed, three vital attributes necessary for competing against the district’s top teams. Improved clock management and better tackling are other imperatives. Early signs indicate the Tigers are improved at putting the opposition to the ground.

Projected starters on offense

WR Keith Robinson, 5-9, 155, So.; WR D’Jon Scott, 6-1, 165, So.; TE/WR Treveon Johnson, 6-2, 195, Jr.; OT Tristan Gorrell, 5-10, 200, Jr., and Will Robinson, 5-11, 240, Jr.; OG Johnny Carter, 5-10, 250, Jr., and Tyler Nettleton, 6-2, 240, Sr.; C Austin Atchley, 5-11, 245, Jr.; OG Sherman Lewis, 5-9, 230, Jr.; OT *Tyrese Burton, 5-10, 260, Sr.; QB *Keshawn James, 5-10, 165, Jr.; RB Chad Ward, 6-0, 175, Jr.; SB *Brennon Guidry, 5-8, 165, Sr.; SB Randall Hartman, 5-8, 150, So.

Projected starters on defense

DT *Tyler Nettleton, 6-2, 245, Sr.; NG Will Robinson, 5-11, 240, Jr.; DT Jace Wagner, 6-3, 250, Sr.; OLB *Jace Gatlin, 6-0, 185, S.; ILB Dylan Babin, 5-10, 170, Jr.; ILB *Cullen Butler, 5-11, 165, Jr.; OLB Demarques Williams, 5-10, 175, Sr.; CB Trinity Steward, 5-10, 155, Jr.; S Sebastian Beck, 6-1, 185, Sr., and Jaleel Guidry, 6-0, 165, Sr.; CB Silthe Mart, 5-11, 150, Sr., and Mason Turner, 5-11, 180, Sr.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent (Site)

Sept. 1 Ellender (Home)

Sept. 8 South Terrebonne (Away)

Sept. 15 Assumption (Home)

Sept. 22 Patterson (Away)

Sept. 29 **Hahnville (Away)

Oct. 6 **Thibodaux (Home)

Oct. 13 **East St. John (Home)

Oct. 20 **Central Lafourche (Away)

Oct. 27 **H.L. Bourgeois (Away)

Nov. 3 **Destrehan (Home)

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE TROJANS

COACH: Keith Menard, 5th season, 18-23; 29th season overall, 153-148

2016 record: 4-6 overall, 0-6 in District 7-5A

Last playoff appearance: 2015

Looking back: The euphoria associated with a 4-0 start faded when the Trojans ended the season with six straight losses, all in District 7-5A play. The skid resulted in a failure to qualify for the Class 5A playoffs. Defense was an issue, having surrendered 42, 56, 49, 49, 27 and 48 points in those defeats.

Moving forward: The defense has 10 new starters and one mandate: Find ways to get off the field. The motivation is there to prove they can play better, Menard said. Stopping the opposition’s running game is the first step.

Ask The Advocate: The Trojans offense must prove that it can run the football. With an offensive line that boasts three returning starters and a solid running back in Deon Jenkins, the pieces are place to do so. An ability to run the ball would ease the offense’s transition to a new quarterback.

Projected starters on offense

WR *David Robinson, 6-3, 190, Sr.; WR *Thomas Loupe, 6-1,i 160, Sr.; WR Peyton Loredo, 5-6, 145, So.; TE Logan Matherne, 6-5, 220, Sr.; OT *Jonathan MacMurtrie, 6-1, 205, Sr.; OG Payton Chiasson, 5-8, 230, Jr.; C (Hobie Gregoire, 5-8 300, Sr.; OG Coby Bahena, 5-10, 220, Jr.; OT *Justin Meier, 6-3, 280, Sr.; QB Jacob Barker, 6-0, 165, Jr.; RB Deon Jenkins, 5-7, 170, So..

Projected starters on defense

DE Kobe Guidroz, 6-1, 215, So.; NG Trevor Allemand, 6-1, 205, So.; DE Charles Stewart, 5-10, 205, Jr.; LB Garrett Ordoyne, 5-7, 180, Jr.; LB Ryen Weaver, 5-7, 180, Jr.; LB Devin Westcott, 5-11, 180, So.; CB Jacob David, 5-10, 135, Jr.; SS Kelvin Sepulveda, 5-6, 145, Sr.; FS *Raquan Samuels, 5-10, 145, Jr.; SS Isaiah Oubre, 5-7, 170, So.; CB Colyns Harry, 5-5-, 120, So.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent (Site)

Sept. 1 E.D. White (Away)

Sept. 8 Carver (Home)

Sept. 15 South Lafourche (Home)

Sept. 22 **East St. John (Away)

Sept. 29 Ellender (Away)

Oct. 6 **H.L. Bourgeois (Home)

Oct. 13 **Destrehan (Home)

Oct. 20 **Terrebonne (Home)

Oct. 27 **Hahnville (Away)

Nov. 3 **Thibodaux (Home)