Donaldsonville looks to build on football playoff appearance
There is a title to point to.
In 1954, Donaldsonville won the Class B state championship in football. The Fighting Tigers reached the Class B state championship game in 1951, 1952 and 1956.
A year ago, Donaldsonville reached the Class 3A state playoffs, falling to St. James.
It was a solid season but it is a level of success that the Fighting Tigers can build on and improve upon.
Brian Richardson is building a program that can sustain success. While Donaldsonville had a promising season a year ago, the Tigers are still young in 2019. They will likely start 12 sophomores, including six on either side of the ball.
Gone to graduation are Christian Bell (Garden City), Savon Landry and Jeffery Johnson (Arkansas Baptist) and Terrell Brown (Alameda College).
The offense has excellent skill.
Sophomore quarterback Treveyon Brown (5-11, 160) started as a freshman and passed for 1,003 yards.
The Tigers have a pair of running backs who return in senior Jaquavious Tenner (5-8, 170) and junior Rae land Johnson (5-7, 180). Tenner rushed for 525 yards a year ago while Johnson ran for 425 yards. Sophomore D’Andre Johnson (5-7, 145) will also get carries.
The wide receiver is sophomore Cyle Brooks (5-11, 150).
Up front, senior Willie Picou (6-1, 285) leads the way as a two-way performer who will also be a stalwart on the defensive front. Another two-way starter up front is junior Joel Walker (6-0, 193). They will be joined by sophomore center Jamaries Bennett, sophomore tackle Christian Howard and junior guard Trent Allen.
The defensive front features Picou and Walker, along with an excellent defensive end in Brandon Williams (6-2, 182) and an excellent tackle in junior Rashad Landry (6-1, 265), who had 30 tackles a year ago. Senior Jamond Brown will man the other defensive end spot.
There is experience returning at linebacker, led by seniors Trevon Dunn (5-9, 165), who had 103 tackles a year ago, and Travis Joseph (5-9, 190) who had 75 tackles.
Leading the way in the secondary are Detuan Harris (6-0, 170) and junior Joshua Collier (5-9, 162), who had 40 tackles and two interceptions a year ago. They will be joined by corners Tenner and sophomore Daimar Robinson and sophomore Rover Randall Oatis.
Johnson is an excellent punt return man. He returned two punts for touchdowns a year ago.
The schedule opens with Assumption at home on Sept. 6 before the Fighting Tigers head to Port Allen. Donaldsonville hosts Broadmoor on Sept. 20 and White Castle on Sept. 27.
A pair of road games follow at Woodlawn and at E.D. White Catholic before Donaldsonville entertains St. James on Oct. 18. Two more road games follow at Patterson and Lutcher before the regular season ends at home on Nov. 8 against Berwick.
If young players can mature quickly, the Tigers could be a force in 2019.
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