ON THE SIDELINES ...
Around the horn
Former St. John High football quarterback and multi-sport standout Ashton Cagnolatti is a new member of the Redemptorist High coaching staff.
Ashton told me he moved to the Baton Rouge Catholic school this year after a stint of assistant coaching at Vandebilt Catholic High in Houma.
He was excited about going up against a White Castle High football team once again.
“They have great athletes and speed this season. We know absolutely we cannot take them lightly or they will light up the scoreboard on us,” Cagnolatti noted before kickoff.
Another former St. John High football and multi-athletic talent was on hand to watch his younger brother lead the way for White Castle High Friday night at Redemptorist. Former all-state Eagle running back Tim Bracken, who went on to play college football at Michigan, came to watch his brother Tyree run the football for the Bulldogs. Bracken, who scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to begin the game, upped his touchdown total this season to an outstanding 10 TDs Friday night. He ran his rushing total to 581 yards with an 80-yard performance from scrimmage as well.
When I told Tim I thought his brother was very good, big brother smiled and agreed. Tyree has the tremendous quickness and speed of his older brother, and with a similar running style. Tim had such body balance he rarely bounced as he ran. He was like a bullet out of the backfield. Tyree is similar, yet slightly different.
Tim had a good career at Michigan under Lloyd Carr, but a broken leg as a freshman forced him from the role as a potential starting tailback to a backup his four years up in Ann Arbor. Carr found out about Timmy from former Plaquemine High head coach Don Jones and SJHS mentor Erik Willis, who played at PHS for Jones. When Jones was at Winnfield High he mentored Anthony “A-Train” Thomas, who went on to be a star running back for Carr at Michigan and later a solid pro for the Chicago Bears. The Jones-Carr relationship led to Bracken signing and playing for the Wolverines.
Like older brother Timmy, Tyree is hoping he has a shot to play in the Superdome in a state championship game. Tim played in the 1998 Class A title game for the Eagles, sharing back duties with St. John Hall of Fame member Jonte’ Price.
FORMER WCHS Bulldog running back standout Jyruss Edwards continues to get a few handoffs and running opportunities for the UL Monroe Warhawks in his sophomore season.
Edwards had five carries for 21 yards Saturday in the Warhawks’ 21-20 victory over Southeastern La. U.
ALTHOUGH BOTH played well against strong upper classification competition last week, St. John made a better showing of hanging with 5-A power Dutchtown than White Castle did against a 3-A second-ranked Redemptorist High team.
After SJHS’ horrible performance against University two weeks ago, I was ready to pick White Castle as a heavy favorite in next week’s early District 8-A showdown between the two parish football teams. Now, the gap seems to be closing.
Even though WCHS has more offensive weapons, the Eagles stepped it up last week to show they have a lot of will power. I am expecting a great Class A football game. WCHS has the edge in the skill positions, but the way the Eagle lines responded against Dutchtown, they have the edge in the trenches. I am looking forward to a fun high school football game that could go down