SPORTS

Former Eagle standout’s sons tally two TDs apiece on same weekend

Tryve Brackin
MICHAEL LAMOTHE

Barry “The Hammer” Lamothe called me last week to inform me about his two nephews outstanding performances on the gridiron two weekends ago.

Hammer’s nephews are the sons of younger brother David and his wife Janie, who reside in New Iberia.

David Lamothe was a standout quarterback and back for St. John High in the late 1970s, following brother Barry as an Eagle. Barry’s son, Tony, was recently named to the St. John Hall of Fame after being an Eagle football/baseball standout and a UL Monroe college diamond player.

Tony’s first cousins Michael and Kyle have carried on the family tradition to the west of Plaquemine.

Michael Lamothe was a prep academic all-state and all-district tight end at New Iberia High. He moved on to Texas A&M two years ago. Last week as the Aggie tight end he grabbed a pair of touchdown passes from newly installed quarterback Ryan Tannehill in a 45-27 Big 12 Conference rout of Texas Tech. Starting in his first game as an Aggie Tannehill threw for a school record 449 yards and several TDs. Michael, who is a solid 6-3, 231lbs., caught touchdowns from three yards and a yard out.

The day before, David’s younger son, Kyle, also scored two touchdowns. He caught a short yardage TD pass and then intercepted a pass and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown. Kyle’s two TDs helped New Iberia High’s Yellow Jackets top previously unbeaten Terrebonne High by a 23-20 score. Kyle and his NIHS teammates closed out district play last Friday by tangling with 5-A second-ranked St. Thomas More.

Dad David was a standout passing quarterback for St. John his sophomore and junior seasons. His senior year he was moved to fullback when a new coach decided to go to a wishbone running attack instead of a pro style offense. Ironically, it was Brandon Nadler (whom I wrote about in a recent column about his sons’ success in Virginia prep football) who was moved from RB-DB to the quarterback position by the new coach. Brandon had never played the position before and that’s why I always pick about it with him. He wanted David Lamothe back at quarterback as much as David wanted to move back that 1978 gridiron season. I asked Barry if he had read the column on Brandon’s boys, but he said no.

I think it is great all these former SJHS players have sons coming up in the prep and college ranks, even though it makes me feel old. But, then again, I was only about ten years older than Brandon and David when I first began writing sports around these parts and covered them both.

NOW THAT THE regular prep grid season is over I would like to thank all of the parish head coaches and their staffs for the tremendous cooperation and help they provided me in getting articles and coverage on the four parish teams. A special thanks goes out to Rob Howle of Plaquemine High who provided me with game statistics for the Green Devil team. He helped me from bothering Coach Bob Howell on the weekends to get information on PHS games I did not attend. I know Coach Howell is very busy as grid coach and assistant parish athletic director. Rob helped both of us.

THIS COMING WEEKEND, it will be former White Castle High running back Jyruss Edwards and his UL Monroe Warhawks football club visiting Tiger Stadium to tangle with the top-ten ranked LSU team. Even though I am an LSU grad and megafan since my childhood (living only about three miles from the campus), I had to root for our local Plaquemine trio of McNeese grid players to have personal success against LSU earlier in the season and now I do the same for Jyruss. Hope you standout in the game, Jyruss, but Go Tigers!