Article by Mike Coppage, Special to The Advocate
Published June 6, 2019
The Ascension Episcopal Blue Gators will return a solid nucleus from last season's 9-3 team, but coach Matt Desormeaux is also sifting his personnel to
fill the holes left by some key seniors.
"We have a lot of question marks and positions to figure out," said Desormeaux, who has a career record of 30-7 with the Blue Gators.
"The position where we can probably need to improve the most is linebacker. We lost a big-time team leader in inside linebacker Austin Arceneaux, who made
all the calls. It's an open battle at that position where we need somebody to step up."
The Blue Gators will feature an experienced offensive line that should provide ample protection for junior quarterback Cole Simon.
"Our quarterback is coming back," Desormeaux said. "Cole started most of the season two years ago as a freshman. He has a ton of experience and is a leader."
Junior offensive tackle Clay Ancelet, who played last season at 6-4, 230 pounds, is a player to watch.
"Clay is our left tackle and is one of the strongest on the team," Desormeaux said. "We only lost one offensive lineman and have a couple of good options
there. As a team, we've gotten a lot stronger in the weight room, which is important at a small school."
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