FOOTBALL PREVIEW 2011: East Ascension enters new era under coach Paul Bourgeois

Michael Tortorich
Jarmarcus Jarvis

East Ascension kicks off the 2011 season with a new leader. Veteran head coach Paul Bourgeois takes over this year for former Spartans coach John Lambert.

After a 4-6 campaign in 2010, East Ascension hired Bourgeois, a coach with plenty of highlights throughout his career.

Bourgeois, a Sulphur native, was a reserve quarterback at McNeese State in the 1980s. He then went on to enjoy a successful coaching career, which included a trip to the Class 5A state championship game with Sulphur.

Bourgeois has proven to be strong both on and off the field. In 2008, he had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Fortunately, he has remained free of cancer.

Despite the setback, he stayed true to his team. He never missed a game or practice, despite having to drive back-and-forth from the Houston area for radiation treatments.

“That was what was right for me,” Bourgeois said, who has coached for eight years.

After a 4-6 season in 2009, he resigned and took an assistant position at Westlake for the 2010 season. In January, he was hired for the East Ascension post.

“I’m looking forward to everything here,” he said.

The Spartans have seen a playoff drought that dates back to when they moved back to Class 5A in 2007. Their last playoff appearance was in 2006. East Ascension had dropped down to Class 4A for a couple of seasons.

The Spartans will join the new District 5-5A, which includes Ascension Parish rivals St. Amant and Dutchtown. A trio of Baton Rouge schools – Catholic, McKinley and Woodlawn – round out the league.

East Ascension returns 11 starters (four on offense and seven on defense).

The Spartans will go out with a spread option offensive scheme. They have participated in 7-on-7 camps over the summer to improve the passing game. It will be a change for East Ascension, as last season the primary offense was the split back veer.

“They’re going to see the ball in the air quite a bit, probably more than has taken place in the last few years,”?Bourgeois said.

Running back Jarmarcus Jarvis, a 5-10, 200-pound senior, returns as a starter. He will be in the backfield with either Adam Miller or Deandrus Ennis, both seniors, at quarterback. Running back Sione Palelei, a sophomore, will also be in the backfield.

The Spartans will have experience on the offensive line as well. Senior Jon Karrer, a senior, returns at tackle. Guard Thurston Stewart, a senior, and center Jacob Stoner, a junior, also fill out the starting lineup. Guard Darren Simoneaux and Eric Martin will start on the offensive line’s opposite side.

Offensive line and defensive line depth are areas of concern for Bourgeois. Not because of lack of talent, but because of sheer numbers.

Split ends will be Terrance Richardson, a junior, and Chad Hill, a sophomore.

Devin Speligene, a 6-4, 255-pound junior, will start at tight end.

Defensively, the Spartans will line up in a 3-4 formation.

Four seniors will man the front line. Dex Templet, a standout defensive end, returns as a starter. Defensive tackle David Garcia also returns in a starting position. Defensive end Dalton Samanie and defensive tackle Josh Medernach round out the starting line.

Returning at linebacker will be senior Brelen Aikens. Fellow senior Tyler Villavaso steps into a starting spot, along with sophomore DeAndre Darville.

Another strength for the Spartans defense will be the backfield, as all four players are returning starters. Shievon Ursin, a junior, will join three seniors:?Ruben Stephans, Tyrous Wilson and Darren Sharper.

The Spartans start the season with four-straight home games. Tara, Reed, Walker and Mandeville will visit Gonzales in the opening weeks. The non-district slate ends with a trip to Denham Springs.

East Ascension will be in District 5-5A with rivals Dutchtown and St. Amant. The Ascension teams will also face McKinley, Catholic and Woodlawn. For the Spartans, they will host McKinley and Catholic and travel for the remainder of the district games.

Bourgeois said the support of the community has remained strong for the home team.

“They have a great reputation here for support,” he said. “We appreciate that in the coaching world. Through these tough times, we hope they can continue to support us. We will have the kids prepared, and they’ll be excited. Just keep supporting, come out and give us a chance and see what you think.”

2011 Schedule:

Aug. 26 – Jamboree

Sept. 2 – Tara

Sept. 9 – Reed

Sept. 16 – Walker

Sept. 23 – Mandeville

Sept. 30 – at Denham Springs

Oct. 7 – McKinley*

Oct. 14 – at Dutchtown*

Oct. 21 – Catholic*

Oct. 28 – at Woodlawn*

Nov. 4 –at St. Amant*

* – District 5-5A


1    Chad Hill        So.

2    Corey Taylor        Jr.

3    Sheviron Ursin        Jr.

4    JarMarcus Jarvis        Sr.

5    Garrin Dunbar        So.

6    Dennis Duronslet        Sr.

7    Brelen Aikens         Sr.

8    Layne Trahan        So.

9    Terrance Duplush        Sr.

10    Deandrus Ennis        Sr.

12    Adam Miller        Sr.

13    JaColby Boudreaux    Jr.

15    Dylan Roth        So.

16    Anthony Williams     Jr.

17    Jeremy Harris        So.

18    Jaz Smith        So.

19    Kevin Shorty        Jr.

20    Wade Bailey        Jr.

21    Dorian Francois        Jr.

22    Darren Sharper        Sr.    

23    Michael Sparrow        Jr.

25    Tyrous Wilson        Sr.

26    Tyler Green        So.

27    Adam Bosworth        So.

29    Jalon Watts        So.

30    TJ?Miles            So.

31    Devon Gipson        Jr.

32    Ruben Stephens        Sr.

33    Sione Palelei        So.

34    Dakota Bercegeay    Jr.

35    Norman Bougere        Sr.

36    Taylor Gautreaux        Jr.

37    Jessie Gray        So.

38    Channing Maher        So.

41    Vincent Smith        Jr.

42    Tyler Naquin        Jr.

43    D’andre Darville        So.

45    Trevon Watis        Sr.

47    Jayvnate Boudreaux     Sr.

48    Damonique Williams     So.

50    Spencer Smith        Jr.

51    Jordan Delcambre    So.

52    Edward Nieto        So.

53    Mason Bateman        So.

55    Jon Karrer        Sr.

56    Eric Martin        Jr.

57    Tyler Villavaso        Sr.

58    David Garcia        Sr.

59    Dalton Samanie         Sr.

60    Jaques Hebert        So.

61    Williams Bolinger     Jr.

62     Steven Baye         So.

63    Treyton Cherniak        Jr.

64     Ira McCallister        So.

67     Jacob Stoehr         Sr.

69     Drew Goodrich        Jr.

71    Darren?Simoneaux     Sr.

73    Conor Karwath        So.

74    Donald McClean        So.    

75    Bryan?Blackmore        So.

77    Devin Jackson        Sr.

78    Thuston Stewart        Sr.

79    Dylan Quaid        So.

80    Tyler Briley        So.

81    Terrance Richardson     Jr.

82    Tori Morgan        Jr.

83    Scott Brown        So.

84    Mason Decoteau        So.

85    Lavonte McClyde    So.

87    Devin Speligene        Jr.

89    Jaren Tullier        So.

90    Dex Templet        Sr.

92     Ta’Jhay Russell        So.

93    Eric Sharper        Sr.

94    Donald Russell        Jr.

95    Ira McCallister        So.

96    Devin Simoneaux     So.

98     Josh Medernach         Sr.

Projected starters:

Offense (4)

SE    Terrance Richardson    Jr.

SE    Chad Hill        So.

TE    Devin Speligene        Jr.

T     Eric Martin        Jr.

G    Darren Simoneaux    Sr.

C    Jake Stoner        Jr.

G    Thurston Stewart    Sr.

T    Jon Karrer        Sr.    

RB    Jarmarcus Jarvis    Sr.

RB    Sione Palelei        So.

QB    Adam Miller        Sr.

QB    Deandrus Ennis        Sr.

Defense (7)

DE    Dex Templet        Sr.

DT    Josh Medernach         Sr.

DT    David Garcia        Sr.

DE    Dalton Samanie        Sr.    

LB    Tyler Villavaso        Sr.

LB    Brelen Aikens        Sr.

LB    DeAndre Darville    So.

DB    Shievron Ursin        Jr.

DB    Ruben Stephans        Sr.

DB    Tyrous WIlson        Sr.

DB    Darren Sharper        Sr.

Head coach: Paul Bourgeois (first year at school, eight overall)

Offense: spread option

Defense: 4-3

Starters returning: 11 (4 offense, 7 defense).

2010 record: 4-6

Last playoff appearance: 2006, lost to Northside, 34-14, in Class 4A bi-district playoffs

East Ascension’s Dex Templet (90) assists on a tackle last season. Templet will return in 2011 as a starting defensive end.