The Tigers have a fast, athletic linebacker duo in Kirkland Joseph and Korey Louis to anchor their five down lineman system. Both have the range to cover sideline-to-sideline in what will be a faster defense then in years past. The loss of Joseph Williams will hurt, but the rest of the Tigers’ secondary is experienced an athletic and should be able to compete at a high level.
The offense has a young, but experienced offensive line paving the way for a more wide-open offensive system. The Tigers are transitioning from a traditional two-back system, to a one-back backfield in order to get more speed on the field. It will be up to senior quarterback Drake Guidry to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers.
The Tigers’ defensive strength of top-end speed could end up being a weakness, as Breaux Bridge is smaller at the point of attack than coach Paul Broussard would like. The Tigers could struggle against old-fashioned, ground and pound teams that wear down the middle of their defensive unit.
On offense, the Tigers have athleticism to be an explosive unit, but might take a couple of weeks to truly hit their stride with so much new blood in the starting lineup. Guidry will have to be accurate and quick with his decisions, something he’s capable of, for the Tigers to fully utilize their speed on the outside.
This is a hard team to read. They will compete with Cecila for a district title, but for anything else Broussard and company have to hope their new talent performs well in clutch situations. The Tigers definitely have talent, but it remains to be seen if the offense will mesh on the field and if a fast, but small defense can hold up at the point of attack.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Korey Louis, LB, Sr.: The heart and soul of the Tigers defense now that Joseph Williams and Orel Ledet have moved on, Louis’ motor and physicality earned him a scholarship to UL.
Julian Leon, QB, Soph.: Senior Drake Guidry is the incumbent starter, but Leon pushed Guidry for playing time during offseason workouts. With the Tigers adopting a more wide-open offense, watch for Leon to potentially get more playing time if Guidry struggles.
Ruben Hypolite, RB, Sr.: Hypolite is an explosive athlete with a surprising amount of power for his frame that will get the first crack at being the full time back in the Tigers offense. He exploded for a couple of long touchdowns last season in spot duty, and an expanded role could see him become a force.
Kirkland Joseph, LB, Sr.: Joseph wasn’t a starter last season per se, but saw a lot of playing time and proved himself to be a quality player during his junior campaign. Joseph will team with Louis in the Tigers two-linebacker system for a formidable duo.
Corinthian Joseph, CB, Sr.: Last season Joseph had the security blanket of the All-State Williams behind him last season, and as the Tigers top cover man will have the tough job of locking up opposing playmakers every week.
4 NEW IBERIA
11 NOTRE DAME
8 ST. MARTINVILLE
2014 IN REVIEW
Overall Record: 7-4
Beat New Iberia 22-3
Lost Notre Dame 51-21
Beat COMEAUX 28-14
Beat Westgate 26-7
Lost TEURLINGS 31-15
Beat Northside 40-0
Beat ST. MARTINVILLE 14-0
Beat CECILIA 20-18
Lost St. Thomas More 25-7
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
(* denotes new starter)
TE: Devin Riverol (5-11, 205, Jr.)*
WR: Jude Boudreaux (5-9, 165, Sr.)*
WR: Peyton Broussard (6-0, 180, Jr.) *
LT: Desmond Wiltz (5-11, 270, Sr.)*
LG: Greg Randle (5-11, 220, Jr.)*
C: Marcellino Cruz (5-9, 181, Sr.)*
RG: Cornelius Williams (5-9, 225, Sr.)
RT: Kenneth Davis (5-10, 345, Sr.)
QB: Drake Guidry (5-9, 165, Sr.)
RB: Ruben Hypolite (5-6, 162, Sr.)*
SB: Xavrian Antoine (5-9, 165, Sr.)*
DE: Kaelen Onezine (5-10, 225, Sr.)*
DE: Tylar Wiltz (5-11, 175, Jr.)*
DT: Daryon Wiltz (5-6, 205, Sr.)
DT: Brandon Potier (5-10, 225, Sr.)*
DT: Tariq Alexander (5-6, 285, Jr.)*
MLB: Korey Louis (6-1, 190 Sr.)
MLB: Kirkland Joseph (5-11, 185, Sr.)*
CB: Corinthian Joseph (6-0, 175, Sr.)
CB: Sabarian Alexander (5-8, 160, Jr.)
FS: Izrael Ledet (5-5, 150, Sr.)
SS: Tylar Thibodeaux (5-10, 160, Jr.)
K: Bailey Thibodeaux
P: Julian Leon
FROM THE ARCHIVE:
Breaux Bridge head coach Paul Broussard during his days as an assistant coach with such player as current baseball coach Kyle Cormier (4).