Loreauville Has Playmakers

People don't just happen to randomly stumble onto the village of Loreauville, a small south Louisiana town situated in an isolated area described by some folks as "the end of the world." Nevertheless, you can expect a plethora of college recruiters to make their way to Loreauville High School over the next few years to get a close look at the Tigers' "Big Four" football prospects.

"For the most part, we had a very successful year," said Loreauville offensive coordinator Rhett Peltier of the Tigers' 11-2 season, which culminated in a quarterfinal appearance versus eventual Class 2A state champion Evangel Christian. "It was an unfortunate end, but it's always tough whenever you play schools like Evangel or John Curtis. Overall, we were very pleased."

Peltier was the orchestrator of one of the state's most prolific offenses, as the Tigers scored 509 points on the year.

Along the way, Loreauville scored 49 points vs. Welsh, 62 (vs. Hanson Memorial), 53 (West St. Mary), 49 (Delcambre), (61 Vermilion Catholic), 54 (Sacred Heart), and 48 (Jeanerette).

"I'm happy with the fact that we gained 4,800 yards rushing with 50 touchdowns," said Peltier, who is known first and foremost as a spread guru. "We also threw for 800 yards with 11 or 12 TDs through the air.

"B.J. Greene, our senior running back, had 1,714 yards rushing with 25 TDs, even though he missed a few games after getting a little banged-up. He slimmed down some - from 205 pounds to around 188/190 - and you could see it. He ran his butt off getting ready for the season.

"B.J. made first-team all-district running back and our junior, Nick Julien, was first-team athlete on offense and second-team running back. Nick had 1,436 yards rushing with 16 TDs and close to 190 yards receiving and a couple of scores.

"Nicholls State and McNeese State are very interested in B.J. Several colleges are waiting to see how he does in school next semester. If he takes care of business, he'll be good to go. He has the ACT score and just needs to keep his core GPA up.

"When college recruiters come to see B.J., Nick always wants to go up and talk to them. He's getting a few letters from college programs."

The future is bright for Loreauville, as there are younger players waiting in the wings. For instance, sophomore Jermaine Antoine was named first-team all-district wide receiver this year.

"J.J. (as Antoine is known) has gotten bigger since last season," Peltier remarked. "He's up to around 185 pounds. He had approximately 300 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving with seven touchdowns.

"We also had a freshman, Raymond Bonnette, who made second-team all-district. He intercepted six passes and returned three of those for touchdowns. He's going to be our next starting quarterback."

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