Eunice’s win against Church Point last Friday was a nerve-racking experience for Bobcats’ coach Paul Trosclair.
And it wasn’t because of the electric atmosphere of the game.
It was because it was the first Eunice game he’s missed in the last 36 years.
Trosclair was hospitalized with a blood clot in his leg early in the week after a doctor’s visit and suffered a lengthy hospital stay as it took three tries for the doctors to remove the blood clot from his leg.
Trosclair is on medication that causes his blood to clot, but wasn’t on any blood thinners either, which led to the clot in his leg.
The veteran coach kept up with the game, though, thanks to two of his sons who brought their laptop into his hospital room and turned the radio broadcast of the game on.
“It was great to have them there and be able to listen to it,” Trosclair said. “I haven’t missed a game in 36 years, so that was a first for me.”
“It was nerve-racking. It was an unusual experience for me. But I’m pleased with the way the team played.”
Trosclair said the team and coaching staff told him they would win the game for him, but he joked that he was happy they were able to back up their talk.
“It was exciting, the team and the coaches did a great job and they told me they were going to win it for me,” Trosclair said. “They weren’t lying. They backed it up.”
The surgery didn’t keep Trosclair down for long, with the coach returning back to practice Monday.
With a chance at the No. 1 seed in 3A on the line, Trosclair wasn’t going to let even a hospital stay keep him down.
“Back at it, it’s swollen up I’m a little black and blue, but I’m back to work,” Trosclair said. “We really thought we had something with this team and I think the other night was probably the best performance we’ve had, it really showed what we could do on both sides of the ball.
“We’re excited about the group and we want to finish strong, we have a chance to be the No. 1 seed and that would be a great accomplishment.”
Lormand excels in feature back role
Whenever a senior team leader like Noah Harris goes down, it can be tough for a team to quickly find an on-field replacement.
Luckily for the Rebels, it looks like they’ve found one in junior running back Jansen Lormand.
Lormand accounted for 127 total yards and two touchdowns in the win against St. Thomas, but Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said the performance didn’t surprise Lormand’s teammates or coaches.
“He just had the opportunity, it didn’t surprise us,” Charpentier said. “We’ve been seeing him for a year or so and he’s a good runner and a good football player.”
Charpentier said while there was no replacing Harris, Lormand filled in well and has a slightly different skill set than what Harris brought to the table.
Harris was an accomplished receiver out of the backfield, but was a more traditional power running back, with Lormand offering a little more in the passing game.
There’s no replacing Noah, he was our bell cow on offense,” Charpentier said. “(Lormand) played in the slot for us before, so he might be a little better route runner.
“It’s give and take, you just try to accentuate what people do as far as their skills.”
Even with most of his senior season lost, Harris has remained an active participant in Rebels’ practices and games, maintaining his role as a team leader even though he can’t play.
Charpentier said that’s just the kind of kid Harris is.
“It’s not surprising. He was one of the hardest, if not he hardest working guys that we had,” Charpentier said. “That’s what makes it so tough when somebody like that gets hurt.
“That’s when you start asking why.”
Charpentier said despite the broken collarbone, the Rebels remain hopeful that Harris might be able to rejoin the team later in the playoff depending on how upcoming doctors visits go.
“We are hoping that he’ll be able to get back depending on where he is and what the doctor says, we’re hoping he can get back on the field.,” Charpentier said. “If anybody deserves it he does.”