Having Alex Richard in his third season as a starter is enabling Eunice High to expand the offensive boundaries.
The Eunice High quarterback has directed an offense that averages 43 points and nearly 400 total offensive yards as the Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start.
“Offensively we have played great and we are getting good performances at quarterback.
“Richard seems to be seeing the field real well at this point. It’s made a big difference in our offense.
“We are asking (Richard) to do a lot of things that we couldn’t do before and he’s responding well,” said EHS head football coach Paul Trosclair.
The Bobcats will be tested again Thursday when they travel to play at St. Martinville High beginning at 7 p.m.
Eunice, which plays only Class 3A and 4A teams this season, scored one of the school’s biggest wins in the past couple of seasons by defeating Jennings last Friday night (44-28).
Trsoclair said one the challenges in preparing for St. Martinville (1-1) is having a short preparation week following a major win.
“It was a big win and we left (Jennings) sky high. To turn around and get ready to play a Thursday night game on the road is tough.
“Thursday night games change your whole routine and after the Jennings game, we came out and had to practice on Sunday,” said Trosclair.
St. Martinville is in the first season under veteran head coach Vincent DeRouen, who coached for many seasons at Northside.
Over a decade ago DeRouen’s Northside team made it to a state Class 4A championship game (2004).
At St. Martinville the football program has undergone head coaching changes three times in the last five seasons.
Trosclair said the Tigers look different under DeRouen.
“For the past two years they have been running the no huddle and the spread offense. Now you will see them more under center and in the I-formation.
“Athletically they look pretty solid and from what we see (DeRouen) is doing a great job of getting his kids to play hard and running their schemes efficiently,” Trosclair said
In addition to Richard’s passing, Trosclair said he has been pleased with the progress of the EHS running game featuring Nic Powell and Darrin Serie.
Serie is averaging over 100 yards per game rushing behind an offensive line that Trosclair said continues to improve.