That didn’t stop the Abbeville Wildcats football team, who had a picture day scheduled for Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
Larry Breaux, the Wildcats head coach, had decided long before then that they would get their pictures, no matter what.
As early as 7 a.m. Saturday, Breaux had already made the decision to use the gym facilities next door to the stadium.
“We’re going to get this done,” he said.
It’s that attitude that is pushing the Wildcats to doing even better this year. Breax and the team are kicking it up in practice this week to prepare for a scrimmage game coming up later this week.
“We haven’t begun preparing for the teams we’ll be facing this season,” Breaux said. “We’re still working on team cohesion.”
Some of the cohesion will come when star running back from last year, Patrick Landry, and quarterback Ross Duhon. Duhon spent part of the summer at the Manning Passing Academy while Landry is coming back after an 1100 yard rushing year last year.
On the defensive side, Darrell Chambers, the leading tackler for the Wildcats last year, will be accompanied by Jonathan Palmer, a transfer from Delcambre last spring. He’ll be on the defensive line.
Also looking for a big year is freshman Isaiah Antoine. “He does not look like a freshman,” Breaux said. “He had a tremendous spring and summer.”
When it comes to the offensive and defensive breakdown, Breaux sums up the team’s strength in one word: speed.
“I think on both sides of the ball, we definitely have speed going in our favor,” he said, but added that he wants to stay balanced.
“We’re going to try to stay balanced so we don’t load up one side of the ball or another.”
The offensive strategy remains relatively unchanged, but you can expect to see the Wildcats open up the passing game a bit more.
“I think we passed maybe 45 times last year,” Breaux explained. “We averaged something like 4.5 passes per game. We’re still going to be focusing a lot on the running game, but you’ll see us passing a bit more.”
Breaux will still be focusing largely on an option-heavy offense, but defensively, he’ll be a bit more versatile.
“We’re running a 4-2-5 defense, which will allow them to work against both the air and ground game.”
There’s a scrimmage on Friday against Lake Arthur here at Wildcat Stadium. “I wanted to play them because they run the same offense and defense that we do. It’s good practice.”
The scrimmage begins at 5 p.m. when the junior varsity team takes the field, but there will be no officials during that game. “It’ll be a chance for the coaches to kinda call the game and work with their guys,” Breaux said.
The varsity game will be at 6 p.m., and there will be officials for that matchup.
After that, the Wildcats begin to prepare for the Iowa game on August 31.