South Beauregard provides stiff challenge for Bulldogs
By Howell Dennis
LSN STAFF WRITER
IOTA – Iota’s last second victory over St. Edmunds last week still has Bulldog fans buzzing. With eight seconds on the clock Brett Broussard’s 20-yard field goal gave the Bulldogs a dramatic victory.
However, don’t count head coach Marcus LeJeune among those still celebrating.
“We are playing a very good team this week,” said LeJeune. “They return eighteen starters from last year and are very polished. They run the same type of offense as we do . . . . it’s almost like looking into a mirror.”
When asked about the brilliant rushing of tailback Trey St. Andre who is coming off of consecutive 200-yard games, LeJeune was quick to give credit to his offensive line as well.
“Trey has been running extremely hard and our offensive line has been blocking very well for him,” said LeJeune.
As has become LeJeune’s custom, however, he doesn’t look back and is always looking for ways to improve. Especially after the team was plagued with eight fumbles and seven penalties. For the second straight week, the Bulldogs were able to overcome their miscues to escape with the win.
“We’ve got to work on our turnovers,” said LeJeune. “A lot of the fumbles last week were due to the quarterback/center exchange and the ball being wet. But that’s no excuse for playing sloppy like that.”
Luckily, of Iota’s eight fumbles, only two were recovered by the Blue Jays.
However, St. Andre, with a “bowling ball” style of running and a stout defense which held St. Edmunds to only 73 yards rushing and 210 through the air were enough to overcome the Bulldogs miscues.
This week’s opponent is expected to be quite a step up in the level of competition.
As previously mentioned, the South Beauregard Golden Knights, 2-0, are looking like the team to beat in District 4-2A. Last season produced a share of the Golden Knights first district title and was the second season with a school record for wins with eight.
South Beauregard head coach Shawn Demeritt said before the season that his group of seniors were looking for more.
“They have already set their goals for the season. More wins than last year, our first outright district championship, our first home playoff game and our first playoff win,” he said.
“It’s harder to stay on top than to get there.”
One player that will be on every opponent’s radar will be defensive lineman Ivan Robinson, a Texas A&M commitment.
“Ivan is the fastest big kid I have ever coached,” said Demeritt. “He’s 250 pounds and runs a leg on our 4x100 relay team.”
“We play him inside because he draws two or three blockers and that frees the linebackers to make all the tackles.”
On offense, as mentioned by LeJeune, the Golden Knights, like Iota, are a run oriented team.
“We are still a running team but we will try to throw more,” Demeritt said. “We have a three-year starter at quarterback and more speed at wide receiver than we’ve ever had. We have four tight ends who can play (including Robinson).”
However, running backs Dakota Cryer and Dylan Fowler will continue to be the offense’s bread and butter.
“Cryer is a two-time honorable mention All State player and Fowler has lost 15 pounds but is still just as strong,” said Demerrit.
“They have played together for three season’s and that cohesion helps,” added Demeritt.