There are two newcomers to District 6-2A. One is happy to be in the new district, while another team is not celebrating.
The district now consists of Delcambre, West St. Mary,ￊ Jeanerette, Catholic of New Iberia, and Loreauville.ￊ
The concensus, according to the coaches, has Loreauville as the team to beat, followed by Catholic and West St. Mary.
Moving up to Class 2A this season is Delcambre, while moving down is West St. Mary.
Delcambre, coming off a stellar year when it won a part of the district title but lost in the first round of the playoffs, is back in 2A for the first time since 1986.
DHS coach Darcy Delcambre, beginning his 11th season as head coach, all in 1A, knows he has a big challenge ahead in his new district.
“We will be the smallest 2A school in the state,” Delcambre said.
“I told the kids this summer, we can show up and play or we can pass.”
The Panthers have 53 playerson the roster, a record amount. With 14 seniors (10 starting), the squad will have plenty of leadership.
“We have plenty of experience,” Delcambre said. “It is the players behind these seniors that concern me. We have little depth, which is a big negative for us.”
What Delcambre does have back is 1,100-yard rusher Jace Dore (5-foot-9, 175 pounds, senior) andￊ fullback Ashton Eastin (5-9, 175, junior), who were the horses on offense.
West St. Mary coach Ryan Antoine should have a lot to smile about this season. Antoine, beginning his second year as the head man, is coming off a toughￊ 3-7 year in Class 3A.
There are a handful of teams in 6-2A who may not be too excited to see West St. Maryￊin their district.
“We have the numbers but we still have to find a way to put it all together,” said Antoine.ￊ
On paper, Westￊ St. Mary is loaded with talent.
For starters, Jerald Hawkins, (6-6, 290, Sr.) has already committed to play for LSU as an offensive lineman. He plays tight end for West St. Mary.
Then there is “Mr. Do It All,” Jontrey Tillman, who is the returning tailback. Tillman (5-9, 180, Sr.) had 2,200 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns at tailback. He rushed for 1,400 yards and had 800 yards receiving. ￊWith an ACT score of 25 and a 4.0 grade point average, Tillman will be carrying the football for Stanford after he graduates.
Most teams would love to have two Division I players, but West St. Mary is blessed with three. DaiJuan Stewart (5-10, 165, Sr.) committed to play for Southern Methodist University at wide receiver.ￊ Stewart started last year at quarterback but then moved to wideoutￊ at the midway point of the season. He had more than 400 yards and eight touchdowns receiving in six games.
The Tigers have nine returners on offense and seven on defense.
“While we have returners,ￊ for us to be successful, we have to stay healthy,”ￊ Antoine added. ￊ
Trent Delahoussaye, the son of former St. Martinville coach Carroll Delahoussaye, is making a name for himself in Loreauville. After five seasons, he has compiled up a 33-19 record. Last year his squad went 11-2 and lost to Evangel 41-0 in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs.
On offense, the Tigers have six returning starters and return eight on defense.
The Tigers still have speed in the backfield with the skills of tailback Nick Julien, who rushed for 1,400 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.
Delahoussaye said he is counting on his defense to carry the team.
Si Theriot (6-0, 180, Sr.) returns at linebacker. He had 88 solo tackles and 60 assists in 2010.
CHSNI is looking to improve on its 4-7 record in 2010. Under Keith Menard,ￊ the Panthers have eight returners on offense and six on defense.
The backfield stays in place for the second year in a row with Joe Lissard (6-2, 203, Jr.) at quarterback and D’Shawn Etienne (5-10, 180, Jr.) at running back.ￊ
The defense is anchored by linebackers Jared Bullock (5-9, 200, Jr.) and Hunt Simon (5-9, 160, Jr.)
Jeanerette is coming off a 5-6 year when theyￊ lost to St. Charles in the first round of the playoffs. Coachￊ Terry Lewis is looking to replace 4,000-yard rusher Anthony Williams, who signed with Alcorn State.
“You cannot replace Anthony,” Lewis said. “He was a great kid.”
The Tigers, who finished with only 19 players when the season was over, will beￊ looking not only for Williams’ replacements butￊ as many bodies as possible.
“Numbers are our problem,” Lewis said.
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