Bulldogs look to end two-game slide
BY HOWELL DENNIS
LSN STAFF WRITER
IOTA – The Iota Bulldogs, 6-3, will be paying a visit to the second ranked Westlake Rams Friday evening in what in could be their toughest contest of the year.
“Those guys deserve all the hype they receive,” said Iota coach Marcus LeJeune. “They’ve got it all.... experience, great athletes, a real good quarterback, and some extremely talented receivers who can catch and run.”
Westlake enters the game with a 7-0 record, having lost a couple of games due to the hurricanes that ravaged south Louisiana in September. When looking at their record, nearly all of their games have been big victories with only Sam Houston coming within 17 points of the Rams.
“We expect a very physical game,” said LeJeune.
The Bulldogs have lost their last two games after winning six of their first seven. Iota has been nicked up recently losing tailback Brett Broussard for the season, with star tailback Blaise LeJeune hurting with a bruised shoulder. Last week’s physical game against a strong St. Louis defense probably didn’t help too much.
Despite not having as many carries in the past two games as he has become accustomed to, Blaise LeJeune still ranks second in the parish with 685 rushing yards and is second in touchdowns scored with ten. Quarterback Chad Abshire is Acadia Parish’s leading passer, having thrown for 871 yards with six touchdowns. Receivers Trenton Pickett and Jordan Sylestine are first and second respectively in receiving yards, with Pickett having gained 432 and Sylestine having 328.
The Bulldog defense has been playing solidly all season with four shutouts in their six victories. Last week they held a tough St. Louis offense to one touchdown in the second half which allowed the team to come back to within one touchdown.
The Bulldogs have already gained a spot in the playoffs regardless of the outcome against Westlake.
“We need to see who we are up against,” said coach LeJeune. “Once you get in anything can happen.”