St. Amant Gators
By Lee Brecheen
Head Coach: David Oliver(16th year)
2022 Record: 4-7
Class & District: Class 5A & District 5
2022 Playoffs: Lost to Zachary 42-7 in 1st Round of Division I (Non-Select) Playoffs
St. Amant High School head coach David Oliver has done a great job with this program. The program suffered a few injuries to key players the last two years which has hurt its ability to go deep in the playoffs. If this team can stay healthy, they can get better as the season goes on and surprise a bunch of people. I see the young talent from going to the first game in 2023.
The Gators are a young team but talented team made up of sophomores and a few juniors along with their senior class. I think the program will have a chance to make the playoffs in 2023 and will be strong in the next three years in 2024, 2025 and 2026.
The Offense has a young talented QB in Cooper Babin, who has all the tools to be a great player. I attended the first game of the season and Cooper went down with an injury and might be out for a few games. However, senior QB Chase Kelly (5-8, 165) stepped up big-time and led the Gators to a win over Carver Collegiate Academy (New Orleans), who has a really
good team. From what I saw, he has a good arm and good feet and also has starting experience from the 2022 season.
The run game is led by second-year starter Kyron Craft (5-8, 160, 4.5 speed), tough for his size, and RB Tyree Williams will get carries as the No.2 back in the rotation. RB Corey Sanders will get back in the mix once he recovers from an injury. The wide receiver group has talent and experience back in senior Luke Raffray (5-11, 165, 4.5 speed) and the fast quick WR Easton Jarreau (5-11, 170, 4.45 speed). Also starting a new starter WR Kaven Taylor (6-0, 170), WR Brody Kernan (6-2, 170) and new starter WR Jermichael Millien both have some speed and good hands. WR Timothy Johnson Jr. scored a touchdown at the Carver game I was at and showed me some great hands and speed 4.5 in the forty. The offensive line has some experience back combined with young talent. There’s OT Jett Lemoine, OC Cooper Cheatwood, OT Dominick Vizzini, OG Seth Guedry and OG Elijah Thornton. FB/TE Carson Sheets (5-10, 230) will also assist with both run blocking and the passing game.
The defense lost a lot from the 2022 season but returned a deep group of young talented players. The front seven are made up of OLB Braxton Trabeau (6-3, 205), senior DT Thomas Leonard, an athletic new starter DE Kamryn Hill (6-3, 225), DT Koen Rock (6-1, 245) who is a three-year starter with strong quick feet and a great leader, LB Damon Smith who is an all-out player and DT Jaiyh Joseph (6-1, 245) who what you might consider a late bloomer. The Secondary has a few players back new and returning. The defensive backs are senior safety Layne Swanson, senior CB Braxstyn Spight (5-10, 160, 4.5 speed), CB Ja’Corey Sanders, DB Robert Williams, safety Anthony Salzarulo who is a big-time hitter and talented senior three-year starter CB Caleb Ricks (6-1, 180, 4.5) who has long arms and has come on this season.
For the special teams, you have a sleeper kicker in starting WR Easton Jarreau. This kid has a leg to 50 yards and he hits the end zone almost every time like a college kicker. He also might be the fastest kicker in the state. At long snapper, you have Cooper Ladner who is a young talented player.
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