Ascension Catholic encouraged after productive spring

Troy LeBoeuf
First-year Ascension Catholic head coach Drey Trosclair (left) and his team during their intrasquad scrimmage. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs recently wrapped up a productive spring under new head coach Drey Trosclair with a rain-soaked intrasquad scrimmage.

Trosclair, the 22nd head coach in Bulldog history, takes over for veteran Doug Moreau. Moreau led the Bulldogs to 21 wins in the last three years and three playoff appearences.

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Coach Trosclair and talk some football. These are a few exerts from our conversation.

TL: "Tell me how excited you are to get your first head coaching job at Ascension Catholic."

DT: "Very excited. The staff immediately started to install our offensive and defensive schemes. We are talking with kids about playing football and we are very excited. We put in six run and six pass plays in the spread to give the kids something to learn. They did great on picking up what we were teaching and had great attitudes."

TL: "Talk about your schemes for the upcoming season."

DT: "Defensively we will stay with our 3-3 stack, maybe add a few twists. Our defensive coordinator is Chris Schexnayder, and he will be in his third year so the kids know his coaching style. We are moving to the spread, which is a great offense. We can run and throw the ball with the players we have. Our kids seemed excited to learn the offense during our spring, but we do have a lot of work to be ready for the season."

TL: "Talk about your offense and what kids are you expecting to step up."

DT: "We return an all-district QB in senior DC Mattingly, plus a talented junior in Javon Yarbrough. Both guys will be on the field because of their talent and leadership. Whichever one is not playing QB will play running back. I like the athleticism of both, plus they are willing to watch film and learn. Our freshman QB is Jon Mire, and we really like him for the future--very smart and athletic.

"The running back position will be handled by seniors Jacob Lagrange and Landon Landry; both had great springs. Jacob is a smart player who has gotten bigger and stronger. Landon is a tough inside runner and can help us. Yarbrough will play some running back if he's not playing QB.

"Our receivers are very young but should be led by junior Nick Bellina, who has shown the ability to make plays and provide leadership. Freshmen Alex Hebert, Rodney Blanchard and Parker Hales could see time at the slot positions. Juniors Dillon Vice and Cameron Capone can be outside receivers for us.

"The tight end spot will be held down by senior Collin Landry and freshman Dillon Davis. Collin has experience and is coming off of a great spring in baseball, showing confidence. Davis has great size for a freshmen--6-foot-2, 190, and will be a key player on offense for us.

"Junior Romel Lavigne will push for playing time, and he works extremely hard in the weight room. Our offensive line will be young; we lost five seniors from that group. Senior Cole Amedee is battling sophomores Charlie Gianeloni and Robert Lemann. Whomever does not win that job will play inside at guard, and newcomer DJ Giroir (junior) will play at the other guard spot.

"Our tackles will be led by junior Ashton Bourgeois; he will be a good two-way player for us. He is very strong and athletic. The other tackle spot will be a battle with freshmen Ethan

Arceneaux leading the competition early. Senior Brad Schexnayder is coming off a knee injury and will provide depth when he is fully healthy. Brad has worked extremely hard in rehab and puts in extra time in the weight room."

TL: "Your defense was full of seniors last season. Who is looking to grab some starting spots?"

DT: "The defense lost some four-year starters in Debo Butler (100 tackles), Delmond Landry (65 total sacks--school record and second all time in the state, headed to SW Miss JC) and Jacquel Wade, (secondary leader) plus we lost all-district corner Joe Landry.

"Our defense will be led by senior Cole Amedee (100 tackles and first-team all-district); he will line us up and should have a great senior year. Seniors Landon Landry and Jacob Lagrange will play as well and should be solid tacklers. Freshman Dillon Davis is being looked at for linebacker and defensive end. Davis has a chance to do some special things if he remains focused and works hard.

"Sophomore Bubba Gautreaux will provide depth at linebacker and has a bright future. The defensive line returns seniors Collin Landry and Braxton Clark; they must lead our young group up front. Freshman Ethan Arceneaux and sophomore Robert Lemann will play some nose as well.

"Our secondary should be solid with junior Javon Yarbrough returning; he is a year older and stronger. He has to be the leader back there. Junior Nick Bellina will be back at safety and with his size, could make some big plays for us. We lost both corners and have several guys battling there. Freshmen Alex Hebert and Rodney Blanchard have shown the ability to play early at the corner spots.

"James Martin was a four-time all-district kicker, and he will be missed. Junior Nick Bellina will punt and get a shot to kick as well; he has a strong leg."