Kaplan's Roy offensive MVP
KAPLAN - Grettney Roy did not play football until high school -- he did not play offense exclusively until this past season.
What a finish! Roy rushed for 1,126 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2008. Those numbers ranked tops on a team that finished runner-up in District 6-3A and reached the playoffs. With that, Roy is the Vermilion Parish Offensive MVP.
“It feels good,” said Roy. “Actually, it feels great.”
Great could be a word used to describe Roy’s year. Especially the start of the season. In a 48-20 win over Abbeville in the season opener, Roy cashed in six touchdowns. Roy scored six again a week later in a victory over Franklin.
“I think that game against Abbeville did set a tone,” said Kaplan head coach Brent Indest. “After that, people keyed on him and that opened things up for our other running backs.”
Roy’s running mates Tyler Domingue and Jordan Jules combined for more than 1,400 yards.
“I just think,” said Indest, “the threat of (Grettney) opened things up for them.”
Roy said it was not just the running backs who made things happen for the Pirates’ ground game. For Roy, success on the ground started in the trenches.
“I just want to thank our offensive line,” said Roy. “Those guys stepped up this year.”
While that is certainly true, Indest said Roy’s natural ability helped lead to his successful year.
“What separates Grettney from other running backs,” said Indest, “is his ability to jump-cut.”
Most running backs turn their shoulders to make cuts at the line of scrimmage. That is not the case for Roy.
“Really good running backs,” said Indest, “have the ability to keep their shoulders square and jump sideways and accelerate.”
Indest, who coached running backs at Louisiana Tech in 2007, said Roy can jump-cut as well as he as ever seen.
“Honestly,” said Indest, “he probably jump-cuts better than any of my running backs at Louisiana Tech.”
Roy played safety before this season. He did play on offense near the end of his junior season. Indest said he watched film and decided Roy would be an asset to the offensive side.
“I was happy (with the move),” said Roy. “I always wanted to play offense.”
It was worth the wait.
Joining Grettney Roy at running back are Gueydan’s Darin Gums (1,332 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns) and Delcambre’s Lane Reaux (918 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns).
Roy’s teammate Michael Landry is the quarterback. Landry completed 75 of 133 passes for 927 yards and five touchdowns. Landry’s primary target, Marc Constable, is one of the receivers. Constable hauled in 44 catches for 527 yards. The other receiver is Erath’s Joshua Pillette, who gained 438 yards on 17 catches.
Pillette’s teammate Chris Tyson makes the team as an athlete. As a quarterback, Tyson completed 43 of 88 throws for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 591 yards and scored six times on the ground. Tyson also caught six passes for 102 yards.
Coming in as the kicker is Abbeville’s Garrett Lege. He booted four field goals, including two from more than 30 yards and also converted nine extra points.
Rounding out the team is the offensive line. Kaplan’s Dustin Langlinais and Sherwin Pourmehr are on the line. Joining them are North Vermilion’s Cale Lemaire, Delcambre’s Kevin Landry and Gueydan’s Gabe Fluitt. Kaplan’s Blake Bessard is the tight end.
Indest Coach of the Year
Brent Indest is no stranger to turning around programs, having done so at Abbeville and Crowley.
So it is no surprise that he did just that at Kaplan. The Pirates finished the 2007 season 2-8. Indest came in this year and turned the Pirates into a 6-3 playoff team and District 6-3A runner-up. The Pirates success earned Indest Vermilion Parish Coach of the Year.
“The way I look at it,” said Indest, “anytime you get something like this it is a staff award.”
Indest said the coaching staff that was intact helped his transition to Kaplan.
“They bought into what we wanted to do,” said Indest of his assistants. “It really helped us jell as a team.”