Rhodes pacing Hahnville defense

The Hahnville Tigers are 5-1 and ready to play spoiler this week against undefeated Dutchtown. The River Parish school is getting maximum effort from LB/S Lindzell Rhodes, who has helped his unit limit four opponents to 14-or-few points.

Lindzell Rhodes (6-foot-0, 190) is having a fantastic senior season, having accounted for 45 tackles, four sacks, and three interceptions for the 5-1 Hahnville Tigers.

A strong safety by trade, Rhodes fills a variety of roles for Hahnville, lining up all over the field (at defensive end, outside linebacker, and safety).

Two weeks ago, Hahnville began District 6-5A play and the Tigers overwhelmed East Ascension and Destrehan in those contests by a combined scored of 42-17.

"We held East Ascension to only three points," said Rhodes, "and they were always going three-and-out. They couldn't move the ball on us. Their head coach is an ex-offensive coordinator at our school, and we were prepared for them.

"I had nine tackles and an interception in that game, along with five tackles, a sack, and a forced fumbled against Destrehan on Friday."

Earlier in the year, Rhodes had two picks in the Tigers' lone loss (to Lutcher).

"The first interception against Lutcher - I didn't even know I had the ball at first," Rhodes explained. "I reacted without thinking, caught the ball, and didn't realize it at first - until I looked down.

"The second interception in that game came on a play where I slipped at the beginning (of the play). Their quarterback thought the receiver had me beat, but I caught up with him and picked off the pass."

Rhodes, who ran the fastest time of all participants (4.5) at a National Underclassmen Combine in Birmingham, has plenty of speed to recover after a missed step.

"Against East Ascension, I intercepted a screen pass. The running back was open for a moment, but one of my teammates got in there and tipped the pass," said Rhodes, "and I caught it and returned it for 30 yards."

To close out the regular season, Hahnville looks to defeat two undefeated district opponents: Dutchtown and East St. John. Sandwiched in between those two games is 3-4 St. Amant in Week Nine.

"These are the games we've been waiting on," Rhodes said. "I know there will be a lot of scouts there, but that doesn't make a difference to me. I just want to see us make it and win these games, because we feel that we have the best defense in the state. People can barely score on us."

Dutchtown features Tulane commit Leon Blouin at QB and productive RB Effrem Reed. In 2009, Hahnville ripped the Griffins, 41-7.


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