Cecilia Bulldogs Carrying A Boulder On Their Shoulder
Anger goes a long way on the football field, if you channel it correctly. The Cecilia Bulldogs felt slighted heading into the 2016 season, and they're still carrying the chip on their shoulder going into "The Civil War."
With Terry Martin departing to go coach their rival, Breaux Bridge, and big time players like Raymond Calais, Kenya Dartez and Landon Roberts graduating, many people wrote the Bulldogs off this season. Players are taught to tune out negativity, but Cecilia's players took it to heart.
The seniors, like defensive end Braylon Daigle, decided they were going to prove the doubters wrong.
"A lot of people thought that we weren't going to do a lot this year, that it was going to be a rebuilding year, and we just want to prove everybody wrong," Daigle said. "It drove us, what people were saying, and it just made us want to play harder."
There's not just a chip, there's a boulder on their shoulder. Now, they have a chance to beat their former coach and biggest rival, moving them one step closer to a district title.
The Bulldogs are 5-3 overall and 2-0 in District 5-4A play, but they have to go through Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville if they want the crown. It's almost like somebody wrote them a movie script, and the most dramatic scenes are about to start.
Adam Chung is the emotional leader of the defense. As the middle linebacker, he's the literal heart of the defense, and he's following his heart, and his feelings, into the final two games of the season.
"Guys are fired up. We're ready for them," Chung stated seriously. "We take it personal."
Emotions are a tricky thing to deal with on the football field. If you let them consume you, it can lead to a mistake, but the proper amount of passion can fuel a fiery performance. The Bulldogs are walking the line, and Head Coach Dennis Skaines and his staff are making sure they squeeze out the right amount of juice.
Not only do the Bulldogs want a district title, they need power points for the playoffs. Cecilia sits at #33 in the LHSAA Power Rankings heading into Week Eight, which means they need victories to propel them into the playoffs.
Senior Quarterback Corey Williams isn't going to let the doubters' win. They didn't sweat and grind under the hot Louisiana sun all year long to go out like that.
"We worked for this all summer," Williams reflected. "They talked about how we wouldn't make it, and I think we're ready for the challenge."
With only two games left, Cecilia's season is at a tipping point. Will they push their rivals aside and ride into the playoffs, or will they let their detractor's predictions come true?
Take some time to get to know some of Cecilia's star seniors with our exclusive 1-on-1 interviews. They only have a few games left playing for the Bulldogs, and they're trying to make it count.
Corey Williams, Quarterback
With Offensive Coordinator Dane Charpentier by his side, Corey Williams keeps improving every week. His football IQ is growing exponentially, and he's learning all the different ways he can make people pay with the ball in his hands.
Noah Livings, Wide Receiver
Whenever you demand double-teams, it's a sign of respect from your opponent. Noah Livings has the ability to go up and get the ball over any defender, and sometimes even two can't stop him. He's a physical possession receiver with a sharp competitive edge.
Adam Chung, Middle Linebacker
The Bulldogs rely on Adam Chung to get their defense in position to make plays, and he says his strength as a player is his understanding of the game. He also has a little swagger, which is infectious to his teammates.
Braylon Daigle, Defensive End
Braylon Daigle is built like a full-grown man at 6'5" and 235 pounds. Your eye goes to him wherever he's at on the field, and he keeps your attention by wreaking havoc on opposing backfields. Not to mention, Daigle is one of the funniest, most laid-back guys in the state.