Bobcats face Bulldogs in opener
After seeing their season delayed a month, the Bobcats will entertain the Ville Platte Bulldogs Friday night.
“The guys are very excited,” EHS head coach Andre Vige said. “They are anxious but they are ready for Fridy night.
“There were so many question marks during the summer because of the virus,” the coach said. “We didn’t know if we would get to this point and with such a good group of seniors, I’m glad to see the season start.
“I know they are going to have a lot of emotion and energy early on,” the coach said. “But these guys have been in some big-time games so I am confident they will control their emotions.”
The Bobcats won at Ville Platte, 47-6 last season.
“This is a different year and a different team,” Vige said of the Bulldogs.
“They have some size and it’s my understanding they gained a few players from the schools affected by the hurricane – from Barbe and LaGrange,” the coach said.
“I see some size and speed,” Vige said. “That always catches your attention.”
Ville Platte is a young team, led by either former wide receiver Ernest Roberts or freshman Jaquan Lavergne.
Senior running back Jaekwon Fontenot will replace Jahmal Byers, who graduated after gaining over 1,100 yards last season.
One newcomer to the defensive scene is Barbe transfer Ja’Bronski Edwards (6-2, 280).
The senior is considered a three-star player and has already committed to Texas Southern.
“We are preparing to face an athletic team,” the coach said. “We want to come in with the right preparation and the right mentality.”
Vige said he was pleased with the scrimmage against Kaplan even with three starters out on defense.
“On offense we moved the ball very well,” the coach said. “We struggled running between the tackles but we expected that.
“We spread them out more and Simeon threw for 270 yards and that is a lot for a scrimmage.
“We saw players step up and hopefully they will be ready when needed,” the coach said.
The Bobcats have a schedule change as Washington-Marion and LaGrange have cancelled their seasons.
EHS will travel to Welsh on Oct. 30 and the Bobcats are looking for a team to replace LaGrange on Nov. 20.
Vige said he is very excited to step on the field for the first time as the Bobcats’ head coach.
“When I took the reigns in the summer, I didn’t think this moment would come with all the uncertainity concerning COVID-19 around,” he said. “Now we are getting ready for a game week and I am excited to see that happen.”