LSN STAFF WRITER
IOTA – Following a tough, muddy loss to Pine Prairie last week which made them playoff long-shots, Iota coach Marcus LeJeune is ready to close out the season properly.
“We’re playing for pride,” said LeJeune. “The playoffs are probably out but we’re still working hard. These boys don’t quit.”
This week the Bulldogs square off with a tough Mamou squad who, like Iota, has a 4-5 record. “They have some good athletes,” said LeJeune. “They’re always tough. This week they are getting their quarterback back and he’s talented.”
The Green Demons lost last week to Lake Arthur 36-7. Like most games in south Louisiana last weekend, the game was played in awful weather.
Green Demon junior quarterback Alex Vidrine will be returning from an injury this week and he has two talented receivers to throw to in Alex Chapman and Brian Manuel. Defensive lineman Glenn Stagg will also play some tight end for the Green Demons.
Mamou brought in a new defense this season and will come out operating in multiple phases of the 4-3 defense. Coach John Lafleur’s squad has two strong linebackers in Brogan Landreneau and Logan Christ. Christ is generally regarded as one of the best in the area. Junior Jessie Giroir is undersized at 5’10’, 170 pounds but makes up for it with his tenacity and a tremendous heart.
The Green Demons started their season nicely, compiling a 3-1 record during the season’s first four weeks but they have slumped as of late in losing 4 of their last five games.
The Bulldogs will rely on the steady running of Bryant Fantroy who led the team with 155 yards on 25 carries during last week’s loss. Fantroy has been a calming force since taking over in the Dog’s fifth game this season. Colby Wickman was impressive as well, running for 47 yards on only ten carries. Brenten Lanthier who has filled in nicely as a power back for Iota since week five has been out with a leg injury the past two weeks. His status for Friday’s game was unknown as of press time.
The Bulldog defense has played well all season and held Pine Prairie scoreless during the final two quarters.
Iota is currently on a three game losing streak after having been 4-2 after their first six games.
Marcus LeJeune has done an admirable job during this year’s adversity-filled campaign.
“The past few weeks we have had really good practices and I can’t say enough about the attitudes of the kids recently,” he said.
With both teams seemingly out of the playoff picture, this week will provide an opportunity for both to evaluate talent for next season.