Landry ready for challenging schedule with Ellis in charge
It is a new era at L.B. Landry.
The Buccaneers reached the top of the mountain, winning the Class 5A state championship in 2016 as Landry-Walker.
Emanuel Powell, now at Helen Cox, did a fabulous job. Without Powell, the Buccaneers faded a bit in recent years.
Now, back to its roots as Landry, new horizons have arrived with the arrival of Noel Ellis Sr. as head coach.
The former Karr and Tulane star is well prepared, having worked at Karr under Brice Brown with a state championship program before moving to Warren Easton under another excellent coach in Jerry Phillips with another top program in the state.
A year ago, Landry was 4-5.
Of course, opening the season with Karr may not produce the desired result on the scoreboard but should help the Bucs progress to being the kind of team and program Ellis wants to operate.
Landry is a mixture of the young and the old, with a total of 28 seniors and freshmen starting in key spots.
The Buccaneers have talent returning.
A real strength is at wide receiver, where a pair of stars are back.
Senior Ja Christopher Johnson (5-8, 165) caught 45 passes for 838 yards while senior Ronja’ Delaney (5-10, 140) had 38 receptions for 702 yards in 2021. Another starting wide receiver returning is senior Tycen Grant while junior Ronald Bell (5-9, 155) is the fourth starter.
Senior Elroy Chopin returns at tight end while the running back is sophomore Lavon Hogan.
The quarterback is senior Brandon Edinburgh (6-4, 185), who is big and talented.
Up front, Landry is quite young, with two starters back, led by Bannister (6-3, 275), along with junior Eijah Mason at tackle. He is joined by senior Timerick Bush on the other side.
All three starters on the inside are freshmen, including center Dorian Smith, along with guards Kevin Mayes and Calvin Solomon.
Defensively, Devin Hymes (6-2, 230) is superb at end. Haynes led the Buccaneers with 103 tackles, including 11 sacks and four forced fumbles last season. Hymes also blocked a field goal and blocked a punt. Hymes is joined by Jase Reyes, another returning starter, at the other end spot.
The starting tackles are new in Jamiri Reaves (6-1, 315) and Ron Ragas. Reaves is a budding star.
At linebacker, two starters are back, including both outside linebackers in Anthony Hogan Jr. (5-11, 180) and senior Tristen Bain (5-11 220). Ryan Burrows Jr. will start on the inside.
The secondary is led by cornerback Chris Williams, who will be joined by Tyriq Fairley while the safeties are new in Kristopher Griffin and Anthony Johnson.
The schedule is extremely tough, with seven likely playoff teams.
After opening with Karr, Landry must face another very talented team in St. Augustine before hosting East St. John, Carver and Booker T. Washington of New Orleans. District 10-4A play begins at Archbishop Shaw before the Bucs host Higgins. After taking on Helen Cox, Landry closes at home with Belle Chasse.
If young players can grow quickly and if Landry can withstand the early schedule onslaught, this could be a surprising team under a very good new head coach.
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