2023 Louisiana Prep Football Preview: Opelousas High School

Opelousas Tigers

By Lee Brecheen

Head Coach: Jimmy Zachary (4th year)

2022 Record: 9-2 (District Champions)

Class & District: Class 4A (District 5)

2022 Playoffs: 1st Round Bye, Lost to Lakeshore in 2nd Round of Division II (Non-Select) Playoffs

Opelousas QB Zackeus Malveaux (Photo taken by Stretch Filmz)

Opelousas High School head coach Jimmy Zachary has built this proud program back after many different coaches for years tried to field teams at the school. He needs to be applauded for this rebuilding job.

I like where we are right now as a program.We are a veteran ball club.We have leaders.Players lead programs and championship teams not the coaches.We are in a good spot right now. I'm excited to be their coach in 2023.”

The offense has all the parts and pieces to be incredible in 2023. The offense returns three-year starting QB Zackeus Malveaux (5-11, 160, 4.4 speed), who is the most improved player on the team. The skill talent around Malveaux is off the charts with players like RB De’Shaun Ford (6-0, 225) who ran for over 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns last season and is one of the best running backs in the country. Ford has been the starter since his freshman year and is entering his third season as the No.1 running back. The Tigers also have WR Korey Fontenot (6-1, 170) who is a second-year starter, RB Isiah Amos (900+ yards & 15 touchdowns in 2022), WR A.J Thomas (4.5 speed), WR Myles Zachary (4.6 speed) and WR/TE Korey Major (6-4, 190). The program also has talented ATH DeAntre Jackson who can come off the bench to play either quarterback or wide receiver off the bench when needed.

The offensive line is huge and experienced. The unit is led by three-year starter senior OT Keegan Moten (6-5, 275), TE Korey Amos (6-4, 220, 4.55 speed), center Chris Rideau Jr. (6-2, 285), three-year starter OG/C Joseph Milton (6-1, 295) who is a big-time leader on team, OT Bryson Lewis (6-2, 260), and senior OL Jakire Lambert (6-1, 260). TE/FB C.J Bernard 6-1 230 will also assist with run blocking as well.

Opelousas RB Isiah Amos (Photo coutesy of Isiah Amos)

The defense also is loaded with size and speed in 2023. The front seven has a chance to be one of the best Tiger defenses in many years lead by OLB/DE Corey Amos 6-2 220 4.5 speed off the edge, DT/NG Jacobian Ardoin (5-10, 255) three-year starter leader, DT Jonathan Ford (6-2, 275), three-year starter MLB Travis Espirit (6-1, 220), DT/NG Dontavious Parish 6-2 270, LB Durrell Edwards 6-1 210 4.5 speed, LB Jamarion Dougherty 6-4 225, and other young talented players. The defensive backfield will be talented as a group too with players like CB/SS Justin Washington (5-10, 170, 4.55 speed), three-year starter SS Collin Fontenot (5-10, 175) leader of the defense, CB Landon Hammond (4.4 speed) and SS/FS Kyron Moore (6-2, 205, 4.5 speed).

The special teams will be taken care of by punter/kicker Ashton Smith, who has a leg.

Coach Zachary is an alumnus of Opelousas (Class of 2001) and he played football under Doug Williams and Melvin Spears at Grambling. They won a Black National Championship in 2002. Most of the Opelousas coaching staff are graduates of the school as well.

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