(Rick Hickman/American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:24 AM
LAKE ARTHUR — The Lake Arthur Tigers are hoping for a big season with some new changes on the football field.
The biggest change will be at head coach where Mark Deshotel who has been an assistant for 11 years will take over, replacing Chad Lavergne, who took the Grand Lake job.
The bad news for the Tigers is that they are in one of the top districts in all of Class 2A, which features defending state champion Kinder and two quarterfinalists in Welsh and Vinton, all of which return plenty of starters.
“Our district is real tough,” Deshotel said. “Our schedule is super tough as we play two 3A schools in Iota and South Beauregard. We will have to play well to win some games.”
The Tigers offense returns seven starters, led by senior quarterback Glenn Guidry and sophomore running back Trey Hargrave. Hargrave has started since 8th grade and led the team by finishing with more than 1,000 yards on the ground last season.
“Hargrave is going to be the guy carrying the ball most of the line,” Deshotel said. “We have a senior quarterback in Glenn Guidry who does a good job of managing the game and running the offense. Our other running back is hard to bring down and played a lot last year is Michael Ware. He complements Hargrave real well. They run a little bit different, but both are good for 3 or 4 yards a run.”
The Tigers also return receivers Dion Cantrelle and Brandon Guidry.
The offensive line returns one starter, center Trevor Landry.
The defense is looking to rebuild with four returning starters. One of those starters is linebacker Damian Robinson.
Other returning starters include Cantrelle, who has started at cornerback for two years, and Guidry and Hargrave, both of whom play safety.
“We have a lot of skill players returning,” Deshotel said. “Our offensive line and defensive line is what we need to concentrate and work on. If we can get them ready I believe we can compete in district and compete deep in the playoffs.”
Lake Arthur Tigers
Sept. 5 — at Hamilton Christian 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 — vs. Delcambre 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 — at Iota 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 — vs. Rosepine 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 — vs. South Beauregard 7 p.m.
*Oct. 10 — at Kinder 7 p.m.
*Oct. 17 — at DeQuincy 7 p.m.
*Oct. 24 — vs. Welsh 7 p.m.
*Oct. 31 — at Mamou 7 p.m.
*Nov. 7 — vs. Vinton 7 p.m.