Head Coach Ron LeJeune did one of the better coaching jobs in the state of Louisiana’s high school football last season.
LeJeune transformed a one-win -- in four years – East Iberville Tiger team to a six-win playoff team in one season and in no way has the second-year coach lowered the expectations for this year.
LeJeune is installing a lunch-pail guy culture in the Tigers’ program where he, his coaching staff and his players are constantly putting in work to change the perception of the East Iberville Tiger football program.
This is the type of demeanor Lejeune has seen during his seasons with Paul Distefano, the head football coach at Plaquemine High and the parish’s athletic director .
2017 proved his theory justice. The Tigers’ had a historical season.
They finished with a record of 6-6, ended a 17-year drought to cross-river rival White Castle’s Bulldogs and hosted and won their first playoff game in school history.
Year two will yield lofty expectations because now his team is expected to win.
“The first step in becoming a solid program is to consistently put in hard work,” LeJeune said. “Guys are getting in the weight room and challenging each other to become better on and off the field.”
“We have embraced the increased expectations that last season playoff success brings,” he continued.
The Tigers now get to learn if they have improved and find out if they can handle the pressure of raised expectations.
Prior to last season, Lejeune made no secret out of the importance of the running game and a sturdy defense determining the team’s success.
The running game accounted for 2,700 yards led by juniors Dedrick Wilson and Junior Williams, and senior Rondell Daniels. LeJeune believes sophomore and first-year player Jaden Williams can improve an already solid backfield.
Two-way starters senior Lester Joseph Jr. and junior Justin Hollins will anchor the offensive line.
One question the offense will have to address is the quarterback position. With the departure of four-year starter Lyndell Joseph, senior Mike Triplett will have big shoes to fill.
The defense will be anchored by senior Lester Joseph Jr., a hard-hitting linebacker who has a nose for the ball, and junior Justin Hollins, a bull in the trenches.
“The rebuilding process was not going to be an overnight success,,” LeJeune said. “We have to continue to show up and put in the work required on a daily basis.”
Like the Oscar Award-winning Denzel Washington stated in his commencement speech at Dillard University, “Hard work works.”
The East Iberville Tigers will open the 2018 football season with a non-conference game against the Belaire Bengals at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.