Iota hosts Kinder on Senior Night
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – After spending three of their first five games at home, the Iota Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1) will only have two more games at home; one of which comes this week for Senior Night against the Kinder Yellow Jackets (3-2, 0-1).
Iota will honor 18 seniors and their parents Friday night.
As for the game, the Bulldogs will once again have their hands full with a team that returns a lot of starters from last year.
Last week, the Bulldogs were taken off their game when they forced to air it out; Iota Head Coach Marcus LeJeune says that his team will have to get back to running the ball if they want to win Friday night.
“We need more production,” he said. “We need to establish some drives.”
The Bulldogs have been led by depth at the running back position for the first half of the season with three rushers already over 100 yards this season. Seniors Ethan Navarre and Bryant Fantroy lead the team with 181 and 166 yards, respectively. Freshman Michael Thevis has 137 yards at the midpoint of the season. All three also have one touchdown thus far.
Overall, LeJeune likes what he is seeing from his team, but knows that if Iota is to reach their goal, they have some more work to do.
“I think we need to turn it up a notch all over if we expect to win, especially in close games,” he said.
Iota was held to 67 rushing yards and 117 passing yards last week. It was the turnovers that really hurt Iota’s chances last week according to LeJeune.
“We need to eliminate those turnovers and finish drives with points,” he said.
The Bulldogs also held Oakdale to 169 total yards. The Bulldogs will have to play well this week if they intend to stop Kinder which is averaging 30.6 points per game.
“Kinder’s a lot like Oakdale, they have good size and a good and well coached football team,” said LeJeune.
The Bulldog defense has given up some big plays over the first five weeks, but have also done a good job of limiting offenses that have been putting up large offensive numbers and scores against other opponents.
“They’ve been playing well,” said LeJeune. “We’re getting a couple of people back this week and that should hopefully give us some defensive depth.”
The Bulldogs will need it moving forward as they now two games into District 5-2A action. The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, got their first district action last week and lost to Lake Arthur 14-12.
Kinder entered the season returning 17 players, making them yet another team that has a lot of returning leadership. Kinder, a spread offense team, returned their quarterback, a wide receiver, a tight end and a fullback this year.
Defensively, the Yellow Jackets also returned a lot of players, including three of the four defensive linemen, two of three linebackers and all four members of their defensive back field. Kinder uses a 4-3 defensive scheme.
Iota will have two players out this week, sophomore Wyatt Steen is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury and junior Matthew Trahan is out this week with an off-the-field shoulder injury.