Delcambre's Renard earns Defensive MVP
DELCAMBRE - The Delcambre Panthers enjoyed quite a run in 2008.
The Panthers finished the season 7-2 and claimed the District 8-1A title. They took that momentum into the playoffs, where the Panthers defeated LaSalle on the road 35-22. A big reason for the Panthers’ success was junior Jorey Renard, the 2008 Vermilion Parish Defensive MVP.
“In a whole,” said Delcambre head coach Darcy Delcambre, “I think Jorey was one of our best all-around players.
“He played free safety as a freshman. Last year he started for us as a corner. And this year he started the season as a strong safety before we moved him to linebacker.”
It was as a linebacker that Renard made an impact for the Panthers.
“He is a guy who can run the football well,” said Delcambre. “We felt he had a good nose for the ball.
“Once we made the change, we felt it made us a much better defense.”
Delcambre said the Panthers succeeded this year because of one idea -- this year was about the team. Renard said he did not mind moving positions three games into the season because of the team-first mentality. In fact, Renard said he does not view his award as an individual accomplishment.
“It is a tribute to the team,” said Renard.
It was not just on the defensive side where Renard produced. He finished with 1,102 yards on offense. He also found the end zone 11 times.
“We were able to use him in a lot of different spots,” said Delcambre.
The workload never proved too much for Renard.
“It was tiring at first,” said Renard. “As the season went on it got easier.”
The Panthers take a hit from the seniors who are leaving. Those seniors were important to Renard.
“They were great leaders,” said Renard. “I learned a lot from them.”
Renard said he and his fellow 2009 Panthers plan to take what they have learned from the 2008 seniors and try to accomplish a new goal.
“We want to defend our district title,” said Renard.
Joining Renard in the linebacker corps are Abbeville’s Phillip Rogers (93 tackles, five for a loss, five sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery), Kaplan’s Jake Faulk (82 tackles, seven for a loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles, two recoveries), and North Vermilion’s Jonathan Simon (74 tackles, one interception, two pass deflections, one forced fumble, two sacks).
The defensive line features North Vermilion’s Anthony Williams (90 tackles, eight sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one defensive touchdown), Vermilion Catholic’s Martin Hulin (44 tackles, six for a loss), Delcambre’s Ross Duhon (37 tackles, two for a loss, one sack), and Gueydan’s Joe Robinson (26 tackles, four sacks, two for a loss).
The defensive backs are Abbeville’s T.J. Lumar (44 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, one recovery, four pass deflections, one defensive touchdown), North Vermilion’s Mick Huffman (68 tackles, one interception, four pass deflections), North Vermilion’s Kelvin Matthews (66 tackles six pass deflections, two interceptions, two blocked kicks), and Delcambre’s Tyler Hotard (55 tackles, seven interceptions, seven pass deflections).
Gueydan’s Devantae Bourque is the return specialist. Bourque averaged 27.8 yards on returns and scored five touchdowns.
Rounding out the team is Vermilion Catholic punter Garth Mitchell. 37.6 yards per punt.