South Lafourche High School Head Coach Brian Young Gives Update On Team’s Progress After Hurricane Ida
by Andon Brabham
Brian Young is like most of South Louisiana in recent days, dealing with the effect of Category 4 Hurricane Ida that thrashed the area with sustained winds of over 150 miles per hour. Now, the Head Coach for the South Lafourche Tarpons looks to clean up, rebuild, and prepare his Tarpons squad for the season ahead.
When asked about how Ida affected his team, Young said, “It has put us on a little bit of a hold. It’s depressing to look around and see all the destruction this storm has caused. We have a great community who is willing to help with anything we need so we are in the process of getting everything cleaned up and ready to go.”
Coach Brian’s strength and leadership abilities go back to his playing days as a quarterback at Southeastern Louisiana University. During his 2011 season at SLU, Young threw for 2,855 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Lions. When asked about what lessons he learned during his time in Hammond and how he uses those lessons with his team, Coach said, “I tell our guys all the time to just enjoy every minute of it, because you blink, and it’s gone. The game of football teaches you more than just X’s and O’s, it prepares you for life in multiple ways.”
Young’s desire to be a coach stems from his time as a player at Hahnville High School. Here, he gained a love for the game and a passion to teach younger generations, like his father who was an educator. Coach Brian’s philosophy for his team is simple, to be the most disciplined and physical football team on the field every single week.
South Lafourche boasts an impressive senior class this season that looks to make major contributions to the Tarpons. When asked about senior Quarterback Patrick Gisclair, Coach Young had this to say, “I feel great about him! He is a year into the system and is like a coach on the field. He had a great spring and summer, so we’re looking for big things from him this year!”
On another important piece to the puzzle, senior running back Brody Pitre, Coach said, “He is a phenomenal player. I would put him as one of the best players in our district. He is an elusive, physical runner [and] also dynamic out of the backfield in our passing game.”
Also leading the Tarpons are senior wide receiver Jackson Autin and senior linebackers Hunter Condley and Wes Allemand. “Jackson is a big part of what we do,” Coach Young stated. “He is able to jump into some 11 personnel stuff and go right back into 10 without changing the personnel on the field. He is a weapon in the passing game and great at blocking in the run game!” In response to how senior linebackers Hunter Condley and Wes Allemand were going to help lead the team on the defensive side of the ball, Coach Young declared, “That’s definitely two of the hardest dudes we have on the team!” Coach Young indicated these linebackers both energize the defense and make plays. “Great kids,” Coach said, “and if we ask them to run through a wall, they’ll ask how many times.”
This group of players along with Coach Young’s leadership will make the Tarpons a group to look out for in 2021.
Andon Brabham, a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, is a freelance sports writer who spends most of his free time watching and analyzing players and their teams. Andon will watch just about any sport, but football, from high school to professional, is where his passion lies. As a lifelong Louisianan, born in Hammond, it should come as no surprise that Andon is a die-hard LSU and Saints fan, having spent many Saturdays in Death Valley; something every college football fan should do at least once.
Andon is studying mass communications and has worked in both WBRH and KRBH radio stations as a student jockey. His skill in math, and with numbers, has drawn him into his love of statistical analysis of players and teams. Interesting pieces of data are his specialty. Living in Louisiana has amassed his love and passion for football across the state, and he stays abreast of the sports world with great intensity. Andon writes for Louisiana Football Magazine and is hoping to expand his credentials as he enters Louisiana State University next fall.
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