SCOTT – One year ago, Seneca Malveaux was one of the leaders of the defense that helped lead the Acadiana High Wreckin’ Rams to the Class 5A state championship.
But once the dust had settled on their title run, Malveaux couldn’t help but to reflect on what they had accomplished and upon what he had done to contribute.
It wasn’t before long that Malveaux’s excitement turned to a little bit of disappointment, because he realized after watching some film from games last year that he didn’t play as well as he was capable of playing in his opinion.
“I wanted to be a lot better than I was last year,” said Malveaux, who will lead the Rams against Zachary in the Class 5A semifinals at Bill Dotson Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday. “I didn’t quite play as well as I wanted to play last year. I know that I didn’t work on the things that I should have worked on. So, yeah looking back on it I didn’t play up to my potential last year.”
But this year, his senior season, the 6-2, 245-pound Malveaux is excelling in every facet of his game after entering with the determination to be as disruptive as possible on every play.
“My goals were to get more tackles and sacks this year,” Malveaux said. “I wanted to be an impact player and not just on the team. My ultimate goal for the team was for us to get back to the dome and win it again.”
Being disruptive and an impact player is exactly what Malveaux has been according to Rams defensive line coach Judd Broussard.
“Seneca’s growth as a player has been great from last year to this year,” Broussard said. “It really started last year in the playoffs and it has continued up until now. He is our most consistent and most experienced player on the defensive line and he has played great this year.”
According to Broussard, Malveaux’s ability to shed blockers has been the biggest key to his success this season.
“He takes on blockers really well,” Broussard said. “He‘s a great leader up front for us and he does a great job of changing directions and getting to the ball from there. He has really stepped up his game for us.”
Malveaux credits the fact that he’s doing a better job of seeing plays before they develop as a major factor in him being so disruptive to opposing offenses.
“I’m reading my keys a lot better this year than I did last year,” Malveaux said. “I’ve become a lot better at getting to the ball and making plays. I find that I’m doing more of the things that I’ve been taught by our coaches. I’m using a lot more of the techniques that they have taught me after not doing that last year.”
Seeing Malveaux develop into a disruptive force has been one of Broussard’s greatest joys as a coach.
“Around midseason we began to see some really good things from Seneca,” Broussard said. “He just really began to evolve into the position. He began to do a really good job of controlling his area and allowing the guys being him to make plays. He’s been’ great to coach. He’s one of those guys who takes coaching and direction really well.”
John Curtis vs. Jesuit, 8:30 p.m., Friday in Superdome
West Monroe at Destrehan
Zachary at Acadiana
University vs. Parkview Baptist, 5 p.m., Friday in Superdome
Plaquemine at Warren Easton
Franklinton at Neville
Catholic-NI vs. Calvary Baptist, 1:30 p.m., Friday, Superdome
West Feliciana at Livonia
N. Webster at Amite
Northeast at Many
Sterlington at Kinder
Southern Lab vs. Ouachita Christian, 10 a.m., Friday, Superdome
Kentwood at Mangham
West St. John at Haynesville