Iota set for showdown with Lake Arthur

By Howell Dennis

LSN STAFF WRITER

IOTA – Iota coach Marcus LeJeune is probably hoping this week’s game against the Lake Arthur Tigers won’t be another come from behind, cardio-buster like the past two victories over Oakdale and Kinder.

However, he isn’t counting on it.

“Lake Arthur is a very tough team with a good ground game an a pretty good passing attack,” said LeJeune. “They will throw the ball 15 times a game. They will kind of lull you to sleep with the run and then hit you with a big pass play if you aren’t ready.”

Last week, the Tigers lost to the University High School Cubs 28-6 in a game that was close until the Cubs scored two touchdowns - one each in the second and third quarters - to break it open.

Lake Arthur quarterback Colby Lavergne led the team in rushing with a 129 yards during the game. He also passed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 4-10 passes.

The Tigers are also paced by running backs Jacob Martin and Auldon Robinson (13 touchdowns in 2008) to give Lake Arthur a solid backfield. Both Lake Arthur and Iota enter the game with matching 4-2 records in the tough 5-2A district which makes this Friday’s game a pivotal one for both teams.

The Tigers entered the season returning 18 starters from last season’s 5-5 club.

“With the power rankings, all the games are important now,” said Lake Arthur coach Chad Lavergne. “You have to be ready to play hard right out of the gate.”

The Tigers are seeking their first playoff berth of the decade.

Iota, which was 6-5 last season including a playoff berth, has been riding the legs of Bryant Fantroy and Brenten Lantier the past two games. Their signature rushing attack may have taken a hit, however, with a leg injury to lineman Treef Andrus.

“Treef will be out this week,” said LeJeune. “His injury is day to day.”

The Bulldogs may also be without the services of Gavin Guidry this week due to an illness.

In last week’s game which was played in a downpour, the Bulldogs trailed 13-6, before scoring a touchdown with under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. LeJeune boldly called for a two-point attempt and quarterback Ben Thevis completed a pass to Ethan Navarre to give the Bulldogs a 14-13 lead. The Bulldog defense stopped Kinder - causing fumbles on third and fourth down - on their ensuing possession to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

“That was a big win for us,” said LeJeune, who stated after the game that he never thought twice about the two-point try. “I think it showed a lot of character for this team to come back like that two weeks in a row.”

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