Patience pays off for Carencro's Lacombe
He's a deep snapper and a blocking tight end.
In last Friday's loss at St. Thomas More, Carencro senior tight end Blake Lacombe also became a receiving threat.
"When you start running the ball well, you can kind of forget about the tight end a little bit," Carencro coach Tony Courville admitted.
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Lacombe wasn't on the backburner last week, catching three passes for 66 yards. That's after having six catches for 56 yards over the first eight weeks.
"I'll be honest: sometimes he hasn't been happy," Courville explained. "(Offensive coordinator) Gavin (Peters) just kept telling him, ‘Just keep grinding, man. You’re time is going to come.’ And last week was his time.
"He's a two-year starter who works his tail off. He just kind of gets lost in the limelight (as a receiver) because of some of the other guys."
The significance of the tight end in this new offense was never in question, however.
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"He’s a very good blocker," Courville said. "When I first sat down with Gavin to talk about the veer, he said, ‘Your tight end has to be a dude.’ And that’s what he is for us. And when his number is called, he always has the hands to catch the ball.”
Now Courville is hoping Lacombe's emergence as a target can make the Bears tougher to prepare for come playoff time.
"He played well the other night," he said. "He’s one of those tough, hard-nosed kids and it’s paying off for him right now."