Defensive leader returns for ACHS football

Troy LeBoeuf
Ascension Catholic senior linebacker Cole Amedee. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Collecting more than 100 tackles and playing middle linebacker for his team during the 2014 season can make some players feel like they have accomplished everything.

That's not the case for senior Cole Amedee.

When talking with Amedee about his accomplishments last year, he rarely took

credit. He simply said that he tried to do his job.

Defensive Coordinator Chris Schexnayder loves the way Amedee goes about his business and added, “Cole is not your typical size linebacker, but he makes up for it in knowledge, instinct and heart”.

Amedee returns to lead the Bulldogs' 3-3 stack, along with returning starters in Javon Yarbrough, Kaleb Winchester and Collin Landry.

Amedee is a senior and has played football since he was 5 years old.

Schexnayder will rely on his senior to put the defense in the right alignments as they face a very tough schedule.

ACHS will play 2A Dunham and 3A Kaplan, while also adding 1A powers Kentwood and Southern Lab to the district.

The Bulldgos will face very good offensive teams and will have to be sharp on its

assignments on defense.

They have up to six players going both ways, so conditioning in the summer was a focal point for the 2015 season.

Amedee is the only returning linebacker, but he said he feels confident in the other two senior backers, Landon Landry and Jacob Lagrange.

Freshmen Dillon Davis (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) will play end and linebacker, and the defense should be solid on the front seven.

Junior Ashton Bourgeois will play on the defensive line and made big plays as a part-time player last season.

Junior DJ Giroir, sophomore Charlie Gianeloni, sophomore Bubba Gautreau and senior Braxton Clark will play in the Bulldogs' 3-3 stack as well.

The defensive backfield returns Yarbrough and Winchester, while adding junior Kebori Hunter, junior Jacoby Stewart, sophomore Nick Milano, junior Dillon Vice and freshmen Alex Hebert.

One thing is for sure as the season approaches: the defense returns a 100-plus tackler and not many people know his name, but that's just the way Amedee likes it.