Bulldogs ready to excel under Trosclair

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
New head coach Drey Trosclair will lead the Bulldogs as they compete in a new district.

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs will have plenty of fresh new faces this upcoming season, including first-year head coach Drey Trosclair.

The energetic 25-year-old has taken over the program after Doug Moreau decided to retire during the offseason. Moreau coached at Ascension Catholic for three seasons--leading the Bulldogs to 21 wins and three playoff appearances.

Ascension Catholic's new head coach will inherit a team that went 8-3 last season, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they lost many of their best players.

Most notably, Ascension Catholic lost All-State stud defensive lineman Delmond Landry. The Southwest Mississippi Junior College signee graduated with 65 career sacks--which is a school record and second all time in the state.

Other key players Ascension Catholic will lose on defense includes four-year starter Patrick Butler and defensive backs Jacquel Wade and Joe Landry.

Senior Cole Amedee will be expected to step up and be Ascension Catholic's defensive leader. Amedee was first-team all-district last season as he tallied 100 tackles.

Landon Landry and Jacob Lagrange are expected to have breakout seasons, and freshman Dillon Davis could also make an impact at linebacker or defensive end.

Both Collin Landry and Braxton Clark will return on the defensive line along with defensive backs Javon Yarbrough and Nick Bellina. Freshmen Alex Hebert and Rodney Blanchard should both see plenty of action in the secondary.

Coach Trosclair is planning on keeping the Bulldogs' 3-3 stack defense, but he's planning to "add a few twists."

Offensively, he wants the team to transition from a double-wing, option-style offense to the spread.

He has two quarterbacks he will work into the offense this season. Senior DC Mattingly returns along with the talented junior Yarbrough.

Coach Trosclair said that whichever player isn't playing quarterback will be seeing action at running back.

Though the Bulldogs lose James Martin and Wade at tailback, Lagrange and Landry are both expected to pick up the slack.

And in the passing game, Bellina could be a reliable weapon. Juniors Dillon Vice and Cameron Capone will also be outside threats.

"I think we're going to be a tough football team. These guys, they're willing to work really hard, and I'm excited about that," Trosclair said. "Anything you ask them to do and any challenge you present to them, they really respond to it and they do what you ask them to do. I think they're going to be a hard-nosed football team and hard-working football team."

The Bulldogs will need to be tough this season as they transition to the brutal District 6-1A.

Though powerhouse West St. John moves up to Class 2A, Ascension Catholic will now have to deal with playoff staples Southern Lab and Kentwood each year.

In addition to those two opponents, White Castle also looms.

In non-district action, Ascension Catholic will have to play Dunham, Central Catholic and 3A Kaplan.

Trosclair is excited to see his team work as they prepare for the start of 2015.

"Our summer weight-lifting is huge for us. We have some younger guys, so if we can improve their strength and their ability and improve them athletically, we'll turn good athletes into even better athletes," Trosclair said. "I really look forward to seeing them get after it over the summer."

The Bulldogs will open the season at home against Catholic of Pointe Coupee on Sept. 3.