Breaud racking up big yardage

The prep football weekend kicks off tonight with a televised contest between Archbishop Shaw and Edna Karr. The West Bank matchup, which will be televised statewide, will provide a stage for outstanding Shaw RB Lawrence Breaud to showcase his skills running the football.

Archbishop Shaw, considered as one of the preseason favorites in Class 5A, has sputtered to a 1-2 start, but the Eagles plan to reverse their fortune starting tonight vs. Edna Karr, which comes into the game on the heels of a two-game winning streak.

"We should have won both of the games that we lost (vs. Higgins and Westgate)," said Shaw senior RB Lawrence Breaud. "Some of our offensive line hasn't been focused and we all need to come together.

"Our defense has been wonderful. They've been doing good. We have a couple of first-year starters on offense that have been struggling, but the important thing is that we get these losses out of the way before district play.

"Against Higgins, we drove up and down the field the entire game, but we kept making mistakes in the red zone, especially with personal fouls. In the Westgate game, we knew that they were going to put eight in the box and send everybody, but we weren't able to throw the football."

The going doesn't get any easier tonight against Karr, which downed Destrehan and Higgins the past two weeks with relative ease (after a loss to undefeated St. Paul's in Week One).

"They're going to run a different defense against us than they've been showing on film," said Breaud. "They're not going to be in the 3-4 that they've been using against other teams. We're more of a straight power and counter team and they'll be trying to stop that."

Despite the sluggish start to the season for the Eagles, Breaud has managed to post some excellent numbers. Through three games, he has accumulated just under 500 yards rushing on approximately 75 carries (with three TDs).

A multi-talented player who could see action as a slot receiver in college, Breaud says that he's being recruited by Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, SMU, Nicholls State, Southeastern, McNeese State, Louisiana (Lafayette), and Utah.

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