With six trips to the playoffs in his seven years at Plaquemine High School, head coach Paul Distefano can be expected to bring the Green Devils to another year with post season play.
Last year, Plaquemine High ended the regular season with an 8-2 record and a second place spot in the tough 4A District 6.
The Green Devils’ outstanding 2017 season ended with what had to be a heart-breaking 21-19 first round playoff loss to a tough Belle Chasse High team with an enthusiastic home fan base.
“We were disappointed with the way that season ended,” Distefano said, adding there were extenuating circumstances affecting the 2017 Green Devils.
“The injury bug hit us,” he said. “We went through four quarterbacks. The vibe wasn’t good last year, either, but I can feel it, there’s a good vibe with these boys.”
“This is the best group of senior group I’ve been around in a long time,” Distefano said.
And that’s despite the loss of numerous Green Devil stars from last year.
The toughest player for the Devils to lose was their 2017 star Wayne Toussant, who earned first team All-District, All-Metro and other honors as the team’s workhorse.
Toussant is one of three Green Devils from the 2017 playoff team to sign with a college. Toussant is headed to Louisiana Tech, Michael Sproles will attend Southeastern and Cody Willis will be on the Nicholls State team this year. Sproles and Willis were first team All-Parish players last season.
The Green Devils will, though, have six starters returning on offense, including running back Herb Thomas.
Notably returning on offense are Zaylen Bouvay, an All-District first team member from 2017, and second team All-District player Brookhim Wicks. O’Darius Jackson and Melvyn McClay.
On defense, Distefano will be working with a lot of new faces since he’ll only have two starters returning from last season – Herman Christophe and J’Vonte Powers. Christophe was on last season’s first team All-District lineup while Powers was on its second team.
Distefano calls the upcoming season a “rebuilding year” with a “tough schedule” in a “tough district,” but said he’s hoping for another playoff quality season.
The Green Devils will open the 2018 season with an Aug. 24 jamboree at Brusly High and regular season for the green and white will begin on the following Friday, Aug. 31. Both event will kickoff at 7 p.m.
“I feel like our boys are ready,” Distefano said.