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We went to Breaux Bridge and found five things to watch for heading into the Tigers’ 2017 season.
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SCOUTING REPORT

Strengths

Aside from familiarity being established now that Terry Martin is in his second year at Breaux Bridge, the Tigers’ biggest strength this season should be an uptick in talent. Though his defense doesn’t have as much size as it did last year, Martin believes they will be faster on that side of the ball and, thus, improved overall. Martin is also looking at the big picture when it comes to his defense: Breaux Bridge is likely to start no more than three senior defenders. By the third year of Martin’s tenure, the Tigers should finally have the combination talent and experience on defense.

Offensively, Breaux Bridge has the pieces to be effective, especially on the ground. Senior Logan Bossier returns as the Tigers’ top tailback, a position where Breaux Bridge doesn’t have a lot of depth. The offensive line also has three returning starters, all seniors. Julian Leon, the Tigers’ quarterback last season, has moved to tight end to beef up the Tigers’ front. And new starting quarterback Cole Mouton has one of the best young targets in the area by his side: Dartravien Girod, a first-team All-District selection.

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Question Marks

Regardless of the talent level, Breaux Bridge’s defense is inexperienced at this point. All-Acadiana outside linebacker/strong safety Tylar Wiltz is gone, and only three starters from last year’s defense are back ­— defensive linemen Jontrell Steward and Quinton Davis and free safety Elijah Wiltz. One of the Tigers’ best non-returning starters, linebacker Brandt Camacho, missed most of last season with an injury that required surgery.

Despite three starters returning on the offensive line, development is still taking place. Martin said Breaux Bridge’s linemen struggled with understanding blocking schemes — specifically pass protection — that they were learning for the first time last year. It’s been a point of emphasis in the offseason, and the linemen have made strides, Martin. But that will be an area to monitor as the Tigers’ season progresses.  

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The Bottom Line

Martin admits the summer was “pretty hectic” for him and the Tigers’ coaching staff, as a new fieldhouse was being built at the school. He surely appreciates the facility upgrades, but it did cause somewhat of a distraction as the Tigers’ were gearing up for fall camp. So he’s at least relieved that his team is back to practicing with pads, and he’s already feeling improved vibes from his first year at Breaux Bridge. The key, he said, will be how well his more-talented squad gels at the season progresses.

Breaux Bridge won’t be able to ease into the season, as non-district matchups against Teurlings Catholic, Notre Dame and Kinder await in the first three weeks. Cecilia — Martin’s old team — may still be the team to beat in District 5-4A, but there are pieces in place for Breaux Bridge to at least challenge for a district title.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dartravien Girod

WR, 5-11, 170

Girod burst on to the scene as a freshman last season, totaling 552 receiving yards and seven touchdowns en route to earning first-team All-District honors. Because of his youth last season, the sophomore struggled with route concepts early on. But his quick development allowed for Martin to use him in a variety of ways, which the coach plans to expand upon this season. It didn’t take long for teams to begin double-teaming him, and that shouldn’t change this year with a year under his belt.

Cole Mouton,

QB, 5-10, 155

Mouton takes over for Julian Leon, who’s moved to tight end for his senior season, at quarterback, and don’t expect the junior to be awed by the spotlight. He was a freshman starter on the baseball team when Breaux Bridge reached the semifinals in 2016, and he was the Tigers’ best pitcher as a sophomore. Like backup Gavan Courville, Mouton is intelligent, has decent athleticism and moves well in the pocket, Martin said.

Julian Leon

TE/P, 6-1, 220:

Leon’s switch from quarterback to tight end didn’t really have anything to do with his performance last season. Rather, Martin noticed the Tigers had much more success on the ground when the tight end, instead of being split out wide, was attached to the offensive line. Without many other options, Martin decided moving Leon made sense, especially considering he has the size and an ability as a pass catcher to play the position. Leon is also an All-District punter.

Logan Bossier

RB, 5-9, 190

Bossier, who accumulated 607 yards and four touchdowns in 2016, possesses the needed physicality between the tackle to make up for his lack height and elite speed. Though he’s not likely to break away from defenders, he’s strong and has the vision to make plays. The senior’s health will be key, as the Breaux Bridge doesn’t have much depth at running back, which has caused the Tigers to use more spread looks.

Brandt Camacho

LB, 5-10, 185

Camacho missed the majority of last season with an injury that eventually required surgery and rehab. Though he’s not a returning starter, he’s still one of the defensive leaders because of his toughness and work habits. Breaux Bridge returns just three starters overall on defense, so the experience he does have will be important.

2017 SCHEDULE

September

1 TEURLINGS CATHOLIC

8 NOTRE DAME

15 Kinder

22 Abbeville

29 NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL

October

6 Beau Chene

13 Livonia

20 CECILIA

27 Opelousas

November

3 St. Martinville

Home games in ALL CAPS

2016 IN REVIEW

Overall Record: 4-6

Beat New Iberia 35-28

Lost Notre Dame 26-14

Lost RAYNE 28-21

Lost Teurlings Catholic 28-14(CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS)

Lost CARENCRO 35-14

Beat St. Martinville 26-19

Beat ABBEVILLE 35-22

Beat Westgate 20-12

Lost CECILIA 31-7

Playoffs

Lost Plaquemine 31-8

Home games in ALL CAPS

LAST FIVE SEASONS

2016: 4-6

2015: 5-5

2014: 7-4

2013:7-4

2012:8-4

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

OFFENSE

WR Dartravien Girod (5-11, 170, Soph.)*

WR Terry Steward Jr. (6-1, 165, Sr.)

WR Nick Cornes (5-10, 175, Sr.)

TE Julian Leon (6-1, 220, Sr.)

OT Tommy Prade (6-3, 240, Sr.)*

OG Daniel Green (5-9, 245, Sr.)*

C Tommy Champagne (6-1, 280, Sr.)*

OG Elijah Landry (5-11, 313, Sr.)*

OT Darius Borel (6-0, 205, Jr.)

QB Cole Mouton (5-10, 155, Jr.)

RB Logan Bossier (5-9, 190, Sr.)*

DEFENSE

DE Lane Angelle (5-10, 190, Jr.)

DE Jacory Charles (5-10, 190, Jr.)

DT Jontrell Steward (6-1, 255, Jr.)*

DT Brian Landry (5-11, 245, Jr.)

NG Quinton Davis (5-9, 210, Sr.)*

LB Tyrese Martin (5-9, 155, Soph.)

LB Brandt Camacho (5-10, 185, Sr.)

SS Dimetre Harper (5-10, 165, Jr.)

CB Lamar Abraham (5-9, 150, Soph.)

CB Jace Laviolette (5-11, 160, Jr.)

FS Elijah Wiltz (5-10, 170, Jr.)*

*Denotes returning starter

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