By Lee Brecheen
Head Coach: Joshua Fontenot (5th year)
2022 Record: 10-2; District 3 Champions, Division I (Non-Select) Quarterfinals
Class & District: Class 5A (District 3)
2022 Playoffs: Bye in 1st Round, Defeated Northshore 35-14 in 2nd Round, Lost to Zachary 48-37 in Quarterfinals of Division I (Non-Select) Playoffs
Every time I talk with a head coach from a 5A school, they say that Southside is a program no one wants to play. This program has the numbers, size and talented skill players along with a talented coach and staff. I think they are very close to being a state title contender very soon.
“We had a good year last year winning district for the first time in school history,” said Southside head coach Joshua Fontenot. “We will have a small senior class for us with 18 seniors which is the smallest class since the school started. We will again have our offense in the flexbone and I think we do that well, not something many teams see every week.”
The offense will have a new QB in senior Andrew Angelle (5’11, 175) who has a really good arm. The offense will run the ball a lot and has some talented players back in the backfield. Two-way player RB/LB Vernell Joseph (5-11, 220) has the power and speed to be set up for a great year in this offense. You also have FB Ramon Singleton (6’1, 230) and RB Collin Fabaucher (5’10, 170), one of the fastest players in the program with legit 4.5 speed.
The program doesn’t throw the ball a lot but when they do they have a talented WR in senior Wyatt Gibbens (6’3, 190), who has 4.5 speed and might be the fastest player in the program. The offensive line lost a lot of experience but did return some talented players in senior OT Joey Edmonds (6’3, 255), center Luke Dutil (6-2, 265) and OG Keith Lopez (6’0, 275).
The defense will be led by one of the smallest starters in the program, senior leader FS Carson Goulas (5’8, 155). Goulas is one of the toughest kids in the state of Louisiana and is someone who finds the ball every play and gets after you. This kid is one of the best players in the district. The rest of the defense will return starters such as senior Derrick Collins (5’10, 160), who is a three-year starter with 4.5 speed and
will have a chance to play college ball one day. They also return DE Jayden Hypolite, who is 6’4, 215 pounds and has 4.7 speed, All-District LB Cooper David (5’10, 195), senior LB Maddox Gore (5’10, 190), a big-time player in senior MLB Corey Ledet (5’10, 240), DE Braiden Dugas (5’10, 240). The Sharks also have some young, talented players battling it out for the rest of the spots.
Southside’s special teams return one of the better kicking specialists in the district in senior Brayden Guilbeau (5’10, 175). Guilbeau has the leg to play college football like his brother Braxton Guilbeau, who is currently a punter for ULM.
Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, The Sports Scouting Report with Lee Brecheen, and click on the bell to be notified whenever we release a new episode. We have a show three times a week where we interview coaches and recruits statewide in both football and baseball.