Lafayette Christian Academy Looking To Build Off Successful First Season
Last season, the Lafayette Christian Academy Knights certainly made a splash in its first season in LHSAA play, getting off to a 3-0 start, making some noise in district play and playing in its first LHSAA football playoff game. This season, the Knights are looking to build off of last season’s success and contend for the District 7-1A title.
LCA Head Coach Derek Landry talked about what it took to get LCA ready for its first season of LHSAA play, after it had been playing against JV competition for the past two years as part of the required probationary period. He joked about the fact that he had to stress to parents that games were now set for 7 pm on Friday nights as opposed to random times throughout the week. He pointed out how a normal LHSAA season is about twice as long as what they had to play before. But he also addressed the toll that the new season took on his team.
“I don’t think they (the kids) were ready, or they quite understood the toll that a full high school season would take on them. You could see it as we started wearing into district. We were starting to get a little tired. We weren’t playing as fast. We were mentally starting to lose some things.”
Coach Landry said, though, it was an experience his team had to go through and that it has made them stronger and more focused as they head into their second season of LHSAA play because they now know what to expect. He pointed to gains he has been seeing in the weight room, as well as the gains in team speed that he is seeing, especially since they hired former Westminster Head Coach Tommy Badon to their staff.
Coach Landry also talked about the makeup of his team – a defense that brings most of their players back, including star player Desmond Prejean, and an offense that brings back its QB Regan Miller, as well as RB Dylan Hargave, who put up some sensational rushing stats last season, and backfield mate Jeremy Joseph, who adds some power to that backfield.
“He’s (Joseph) about 5 feet tall. He weighs about 230 pounds and he squats the school! He wants to get north and south and looks to run people over.”
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