"We've had some Saturday games, so this is the first time I've been able to go (to Starkville)," said Antoine. "I'm going to check out the game vs. South Carolina, and I can't wait to watch the team live."
Antoine is the ace player on a Belle Chasse team that's among the state's biggest surprises - at least outside of the Belle Chasse area. Last year, the Cardinals posted a 4-6 mark. This fall, they're 7-0 with district opponent and 2010 state runner-up Karr on deck.
"We knew we would be good with our senior leadership," said Antoine. "We're trying to keep the train rolling. This will be a tough game this week. Karr has a good defense and a good team. I think it will come down to turnovers, field position and penalties. I'm looking for it to be a low-scoring game."
Belle Chasse hasn't had any problem getting into the end zone, however. The Cardinals have crushed their first six opponents by scores such as 41-14 (over East Jefferson and four-star CB Derrick Raymond), 54-0 (over J.S. Clark), and 53-24 (over 2010 playoff team Vandebilt Catholic). Last Saturday, Belle Chasse beat Archbishop Shaw and Mississippi State commit Ryan Brown, 26-7.
Antoine, who has a reputation as the state's most vicious hitter, has taken snaps on both offense (at running back) and defense.
"I probably won't play offense much this week except in short-yardage situations," he said. "I need to be fresh for defense, because Karr has an explosive wide receiver corps."
Antoine's widely-viewed junior highlight film shows clip after clip of him decimating unfortunate receivers, and this year he's found that WRs and TEs aren't eager to catch the ball in his zone.
"I think some players have heard about my reputation," said Antoine. "Last week, a receiver from Shaw 'shortarmed it' when the ball arrived. It was a perfect pass, but he stopped. I'm not sure if he heard my footsteps or what. I need a couple more big hits to keep things going and affect games.
"I'm looking forward to facing (Karr junior TE) Standish Dobard. He's a big guy. Everybody I've been hitting has been around 190 to 200 pounds, but he's 6-foot-5 and 220 to 230 pounds. It will be a big challenge. I know Dobard. We went to middle school together. I know his style of play and vice versa. It should be a physical game."
Antoine said the '11 version of Belle Chasse resembles the 2008 squad that recorded a 9-1 mark in the regular season.