Tigers ready for season
By Chris & Laurie Mueller
The DeQuincy Tigers will pin their hopes for a successful 2014 season squarely on the backs of the 11 returning starters from last seasons 3-8 team.
Offensively, DeQuincy returns five starters including senior quarterback Chase Dyer and junior running back Javion LeDay, both whom will play a huge role in scoring points for the Tigers.
Possibly the strongest area of the team will be the offensive line with three big boys returning to protect Dyer and plow the way for LeDay. Leading the way will be 6'4", 260 lb. junior, Ashton Hollie. Also returning from last year are 6'4", 240 lb. senior, Jared Kuyper and 6'1" 230 lb. junior, Caleb Jacobs.
On defense DeQuincy returns six starters and should be very strong at linebacker and in the defensive backfield. The defensive line will have to be completely overhauled with heavy losses.
Coach Flanagan changed to a 4-3 defensive front instead of last season's 3-4. Josh Goodman, Gabriel Rangel, and Mikey Hebert, all seniors, will handle the three linebacker positions and give the Tigers a lot of experience in that area.
The defensive secondary should prove strong as well with three starters returning- seniors Casey Hatchell at cornerback, and Zack Ashworth and Demareon Payne at the two safety spots. All three should make teams think twice before passing the ball.
District 4-2A will once again prove to be very tough with last year’s state champion Kinder returning a large group from last year’s team. Welsh and Lake Arthur both made runs in last year’s play-offs and should again field strong squads. Vinton had a good season and is much improved with Tarius Davis at the helm.
Mamou and DeQuincy both had rough years last year as Mamou finished 1-9 and were the only team the Tigers beat in district. DeQuincy, with three wins last season, will have to win a couple more district games this year to show improvement.