Bulldogs prep for Kinder
By Howell Dennis
LSN STAFF WRITER
IOTA – After an emotional win against Oakdale last week, Iota coach Marcus LeJeune is grounding his troops for the rest of the season.
“Last week was a really exciting win for us,” said LeJeune who is preparing his squad for Friday’s game at Kinder. “But now it’s back to business.”
The Bulldogs came back to win last week after Oakdale, which had been trailing for much of the game, came back and took the lead.
“Our boys could have folded up their tents right there but they didn’t quit and we came out with a victory,” said LeJeune Friday night.
Iota was led by converted cornerback Bryant Fantroy who ran for 161 yards in an inspired performance; Brenten Lantier, who was all over the field as he excelled on defense, offense and special teams; and Ben Thevis, who must be credited with holding the offense together and completing a key fourth and 11 pass on the game-winning drive.
However, this week the Bulldogs are focusing on the Kinder Yellow Jackets.
“The have a good-sized offensive line and a very talented running back in Rodney Prosper,” said LeJeune. “I’d compare him to the player (Damien Ward who rushed for 131 yards on 13 carries) we faced last week from Oakdale.”
The Yellow Jackets are coming off of a one win season but went to the playoffs three seasons prior to last year.
“We want to get back to fundamental football,” said Kinder coach Jeff Wainwright before the season. “Making plays, wrapping up on defense, running the right routes. We thought we weren’t doing that last year.”
The Yellow Jackets, who sport the same 3-2 record that Iota does this season, returned four starters on offense and seven starters on defense from last year’s squad. Their quarterback is Blake Trahan, who came off the bench in game five last season as a freshman and has been the starter ever since.
“He came in against DeQuincy and led us right to a touchdown,” Wainright said. “He did his time with freshman and JV squad, but we knew pretty quickly that he was going to be our quarterback for years to come. He showed himself to be a leader right off the bat. Even as a freshman surrounded by juniors and seniors. He is getting better and better everyday. I think he’s special.”
The Yellow Jackets are coming off of a 7-6 victory over Lake Arthur last week during which they came back by riding the legs of Prosper who scored the game winning touchdown.
“They will move him around a lot and play him some at receiver as well,” said LeJeune. “He’s a really good player that we will have to try to contain.”