For essentially the most half, the 2020 season was not one to recollect for the South Lafourche Tarpons, who posted a 2-4 document that was not adequate for a postseason berth.
The losses of key starters from final 12 months’s staff together with main rusher Braxton Pitre, quarterback Matt Jalbert together with safeties Francois Terrebonne and Joe Pierce make the problem of a turnaround in 2021 harder.
Final 12 months was Brian Younger’s first 12 months as the top man in cost at South Lafourche, made much more difficult by the COVID 19 pandemic. The Tarpons struggled with consistency on either side of the ball. Within the two video games they received, they scored over 40 factors. Nevertheless, within the video games they misplaced, they gave up a minimum of 24 factors and failed to interrupt 20 factors every time.
“We solely performed six video games resulting from COVID,” defined extensive receivers coach Scott Sanamo defined. “A number of gamers solely performed 4 video games due to contact tracing.”
Younger continues to deal with constructing a successful tradition at South Lafourche, just like the groups they’d within the Nineteen Seventies once they received two state titles. There’s no time like the current to maneuver in that route.
“I’m very enthusiastic about this 12 months’s staff,” stated Younger.
Senior quarterback Patrick Gisclar (5’9”, 170) threw for 658 yards, 5 touchdowns and seven interceptions final 12 months, splitting time behind middle with the aforementioned Jalbert
Senior working again Brody Pitre (5’9”, 175) will look to choose up the slack that his older brother, Braxton Pitre, left behind because the latter has moved on to play for the Louisiana Faculty Wildcats within the fall.
Final 12 months, the youthful Pitre compiled 30 carries for 144 yards and a rating and in addition confirmed off his receiving capabilities when he caught 25 passes for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns, proving that he has expertise to be an each down again.
Tight finish Jackson Austin (6’2”, 215) and extensive receiver Dylan Pregeant (5’9” 165) are give Gisclar extra targets when he drops again. Austin had 16 receptions for 271 yards and three touchdowns as an All-State Honorable Point out. Pregeant caught 13 passes for 170 yards final season as a dependable third possibility for the Tarpons passing recreation.
“One of many newcomers we’re very enthusiastic about is Austin Savoie who will play a slot place. He’s a basketball participant who determined to come back out this 12 months and is a superb slot in our offense,” added Sanamo.
Savoie (5’10”, 150) is a three-sport athlete that the teaching workers feels may have a right away affect on the sector as a senior.
Two seniors return up entrance on the guard positions in Thomas Wicher (6’0”, 295) and Cullen Leblanc (6’2”, 240) .
On protection, Elias Coronado (6’1”, 225) and Gabriel Blackledge (6’0”, 265) return to the trenches to clog dashing lanes and rush the passer. Coronado was very environment friendly final 12 months with 29 complete tackles, 11 for loss, and a pair of sacks. Blackledge put up 17 complete tackles, 8 for loss, and two extra sacks for the Tarpons.
Two extra affect gamers – senior linebackers Wes Allemand (5’10”, 205) and Hunter Condley (5’10”, 225) – return to patrol the center of the sector. Allemand gave opposing offenses suits on his method to 53 complete tackles, 17 for loss and three sacks. Condley mad his share of massive performs as properly, ending with 49 complete tackles, 19 for loss, 2 sacks and three compelled fumbles. Opposing groups’ scouting studies must be centered round neutralizing the affect that each linebackers could make on protection.
“We now have a variety of nice gamers which might be additionally nice leaders. If we play the best way I do know we’re able to, we may have an excellent season.” stated Younger.
South Lafourche has 9 common season video games scheduled this 12 months, with 5 on the street and 4 district tilts. Their final three video games will all be away from their house turf. The Tarpons will meet 4 opponents they confronted in 2020, going 2-2 in these matchups and beating rivals Central Lafourche and South Terrebonne.
Younger hopes that this would be the 12 months that he begins constructing a successful tradition for the South Lafourche program.
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