Blue Jays visit Avoyelles
St. Edmund opens the season with three straight roads games, a tough test for the Blue Jays.
“It is exciting that we will get to play this season,” second-year head coach James Shiver said.
“As a team we have set a goal to compete for a district championship,” he said. “They have put a lot of work in the weight room and I think that will show this season.”
St. Ed’s visits Avoyelles Friday night, a team the Jays lost to 36-7 last season.
“They have a very good team that expects to have a chance to go to the dome this year,” Shiver said.
“They are big and physical and I know it will be challenge for us.”
The Mustangs (7-5 in 2019) advanced to the second round of the Class 2-A playoffs last season.
Avoyelles is led on offense by senior quarterback Jayreon Atkins (5-7, 175) along with sophomore running backs Carlos Bazert (6-1, 240) Joshua Williams (5-4, 143) and junior Kade Jeansomme.
The Mustangs front line includes tackle Terry Andre Augustine (6-7, 350), the best lineman on a team that finished last season with 4,447 rushing yards, 46 rushing touchdowns and 18 different times a rusher had over 100 yards.
“They have a real strong running game that is hard to stop,” Shiver said. “They use the double wing, double tight scheme that they run well.”
The Blue Jays scrimmaged Vermilion Catholic last week and Shiver said he was pleased with how his team performed against the Eagles.
“I thought our defense played pretty well,” Shiver said. “We will improve on offense as we missed the 7-on-7 drills this summer.
“I was pleased with how physical we were as we hit hard,” the coach said.
“I believe if we can stay healthy and take the pounding other teams put on us and put back the pounding then I think it will be a good season,” Shiver said.
The Blue Jays will be led by the return of quarterback Clay Miller who tore his ACL in the fourth game of the 2019 season.
Henry Brown moved from quarterback to wide receiver joining Gus Brown and Easten Coleman.
The Blue Jays’ running game will be led by Kieran Davis and Kason Hollier along with Wyatt LaCour, Hunter Aucoin, Luke Trahan and Taylor Daire.
The Blue Jays’ schedule could change as the Highland Baptist Bears had to cancel this week’s game with Grand Lake because of COVID-19 issues.
“We are watching that situation and trying to find a team to play if that game gets cancelled,” Shiver said. “But that may be hard to do.”