Westlake Rams look for first football postseason berth since 2014

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The 2017 Westlake Rams are looking to return to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Head coach Phil Fontenot returns to guide the Rams to what the Westlake faithful hopes is the 38th postseason appearance in school history.

After a few years off gaining experience along the offensive line, Westlake’s offense will shift to a slot-T offense, which is a version of the wing-T.

The Rams offense will be led by junior quarterback Mark Ashworth.  Joining Ashworth in the Westlake backfield will be a pair of senior running backs, 5-foot-11, 204 pound Brevan Ned and Joseph January.

January (5-8, 175) has been a force for the Rams as a receiver with 57 receptions for 806 yards and six touchdowns over the past two years.  With the change in offense, January will shift from wide receiver to a running back role this season.

Wide receiver London Vinson, senior tight end Andrew Treme (6-2, 170) and junior wide receiver Zac Abshire will fill the remaining Rams skill positions on offense.

The Westlake offensive line returns three starters from a year ago in senior center Caden Powers (6-0, 245), senior left guard Hunter Witherwax and junior right tackle Evan Gross (6-2, 215). Senior left tackle Chris Dunn and senior right guard Ryan Fournet are the new starters on the Rams’ offensive line.

Sports reporter Rodrick Anderson of The American Press lists the Westlake offensive line as the pre-season “Best Offensive Line” in the Southwest Louisiana region.

The Rams will utilize a 3-4 defensive alignment to curtail opposing offenses.

The Westlake defensive line will be consisted of defensive lineman Eli Goss, nose guard Ced Francis and defensive lineman Kyle Miller.

Senior Jonathan Koonce, Michael Harlow, Tristen Johnson and Alex Mayeux will main the linebacker positions for Westlake.

The Rams defensive secondary will have senior cornerback Chris Cline (5-11, 170), senior cornerback Cason Page, senior strong safety Julian Mejias (5-9, 160) and senior strong safety Nate Ledet to defend against opposing team’s passing attacks.

On special teams, Michael Harlow will handle the punting duties while the return positions will be filled by January on punts and kickoffs and J.J. Ross on kickoffs only.

Abshire will be the Rams long snapper on punts, field goals and extra point attempts while Ashworth will handle the holder duties on extra point and field goal attempts.  Cline will be the Westlake gunner on Kickoff kicks and punts.

The Westlake 2017 varsity football schedule features non-district games against the DeQuincy Tigers (Home/ Friday, September 1), Crowley Gents (Away / Friday, September 8), Leesvillle Wampus Cats (Away / Friday, September 15) and Lake Arthur Tigers (Home / Friday, October 20).

The Rams District 4-3A schedule has Westlake playing Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers (Friday, September 22 / Away), Iowa Yellow Jackets (Friday, September 29 /Home), Washington-Marion Charging Indians (Friday, October 6 /Away), Jennings Bulldogs (Friday, October 13 /Home), St. Louis Saints (Friday, October 26 /Away) and South Beauregard Trojans (Friday, November 3 /Home).

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