St. Martinville Tigers
By Lee Brecheen
Head Coach: Vincent Derouen (9th year)
2022 Record: 7-5
Class & District: Class 3A (District 5)
2022 Playoffs: Defeated DeRidder 28-7 in 1st Round, Lost to Lutcher 49-33 in 2nd Round of Division II (Non-Select) Playoffs
St. Martinville High School head coach Vincent Derouen has brought this program back to the top of high school football in Louisiana. It’s incredible what he and his coaches have accomplished. In 2021, the program made it to the semifinals with an 11-3 record. Last year in 2022 the program was rebuilding and they went to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. I had a chance to visit practice this fall before the first game of the season (the day before) and watch the team practice. I was impressed by how organized it was and how the team had so many leaders in its program with great discipline. You can see why the program is where it is by seeing how these kids go to practice in a business manner. I think the Tigers will be one of the top teams in Class 3A in 2023 and will shock a few people but not me. They have the size in the trenches, the skill talent, solid quarterback play, a big-time RB and a great coaching staff.
The Tigers will return to a really good team again in 2023. The offense has a very talented quarterback back in Kaden Zenon, who has a big-time arm and good footwork while in the pocket. This kid can sling it and he is one of the sleepers of the district.
The run game returns one of the best players in Louisiana in four-year starter All-State RB Steven Blanco (5-9, 210) who not only has power but has a great burst as well as he can put on the jets in the open field. Blanco ran for 2,300 yards and 32 Touchdowns last season. This kid has been a factor since the first game he played his freshman year in Class 3A.
The passing game returns one of the best receivers in the district in three-year starter Cullen Charles (6-1, 188) who caught over 800 yards of passes and 20 Touchdowns in 2022. Charles has great speed 4.5 and really good hands. There’s also WR Makharee Narcisse (6-1, 176, 4.5 speed) who has big-time speed and WR Kerwin “KJ” Fontenette Jr. (5-8, 145, 4.45 speed).
The offensive line has size and a very strong unit with players like OG Willie Leblanc (5-8, 265), OT Donavence Hebert 5-11 290, OG Dillan Phillips (6-0, 270), center Kendrick Francis 5-9 267, four-year starter Rayland Cox (6-4, 350, Sr.), and senior TE/HB Dylan Porter (5-8, 220).
The defense has a chance to be special in 2023. The defensive line has the size and ability to become a great unit. The starters on the D-Line are DE Lyndon Williams (6-1, 240), DT Landon Rhone (6-2, 307), DE Konnor White (6-1, 235) and DT Danrick Lee (6-3, 295). The linebackers are fast and will hit you with size, led by Touree Mallery (5-5, 180, 4.65 speed), LB Jakel Dauphine (5-8, 250) and LB Ashlon Smith (5-9, 205). The defensive backfield has speed, size and they are tough lead by CB Ky’Lan Skipper (5-8, 150, 4.5 speed), CB Ja’Myri Bernard (5-11, 181, 4.5 speed), CB/FS Marcus Eichelberger (6-0, 160, 4.5 speed), SS Khyrie Francisco (6-1, 190, 4.5 speed), CB/S Delian Mallery (5-11, 175, 4.5 speed) and SS Payton Nelson (5-3, 145, 4.45 speed) who is tough as nails and fast.
On special teams, you have a new starter in kicker/punter Kaden Barras (5-11, 165). Barras just came out for football for fall practice. He has a strong leg and will have a chance to become a really good player.
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