Shaw S wants to follow in Boyd's footsteps

Louisiana Tech safety Chad Boyd is a product of Archbishop Shaw High School, and the fierce-hitting Bulldog has an up-and-coming understudy -- junior Javis Aultman -- who is gaining recognition at the same position for the Marrero-based Eagles.

Archbishop Shaw lost by one point (20-19) to Karr last Thursday night on statewide television, but there were some positive aspects in the game for the Eagles, including the play of defensive back Javis Aultman.

A 5-foot-10, 155-pound junior, Aultman may not be the biggest player on the field, but he definitely gets results. In the Karr game, Aultman intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble, and perhaps most impressively, stuffed a two-point conversion attempt with a ferocious solo stop.

"That play on the two-point conversion helped keep us in the game," said Aultman, who has recovered three fumbles on the year to go along with double-digit tackles. "I play free safety, but I might be better at corner. I think I'm probably equally good at either position."

The junior, who sports a near-perfect 3.8 GPA, hopes to hear from Louisiana Tech and Tulane in the future. His favorite player, former Eagle Chad Boyd, is a sophomore safety for the Bulldogs.

"I really look up to him," said Aultman of Boyd. "He's like a brother to me. When I got to Shaw, I didn't know anyone and he helped me out. He brought me around and took me places.

He's an inspiration to me, because I look at it like this: if he can make the plays that he does, then I can too. When he hit (LSU WR) Terrance Toliver last year, that play sparked his season and made people notice him around the country."

Shaw is 1-3 on the season thus far, but the Eagles are nevertheless considered the favorite tonight vs. neighborhood foe John Ehret.

"Our offense has struggled some," said Aultman, "but our defense has really come together and is holding it down."

Shaw does have a couple of exceptional players on offense in offensive lineman Chet Hebert and running back Lawrence Breaud.

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