Mamou defensive player Daylon Ardoin (8) catches VPHS Bulldog Brandon Veazie (4) from behind while playing in this year’s jamboree. (Gazette photo by Yvette Jagneauz)
Mamou Demons host Oberlin Tigers in Thursday night game
MAMOU -- Coming off of a 1-29 record over the last three years, the Mamou Demons are hoping to find that spark that will propel them to a successful 2018 campaign.
In order to do that, they first must take on an Oberlin Tiger team that went 6-4 in 2017 and made it to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs. The Demons and the Tigers are set to clash tomorrow night in Mamou. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“I can see improvement from our team everyday,” stated Mamou head coach Dwight Collins. “We are still going through growing pains, but I think once we make the connections on the field and learn to adjust during the game, we will be okay.”
Mamou took that improvement and showed some moxie against Ville Platte High in the jamboree, scoring a 0-0 tie with the Bulldogs. Besides a few key mistakes, the Demons looked like a team on the rise.
“I know that we can move the ball on offense,” stated Collins. “The only thing that hurt us last week was that we were not on the same page at times. We are still learning the offense and that will get better each week. Defensively, there are some technique and assignment issues to work out. But, overall I thought we played well. I feel that we have improved a lot from last season.”
However, Collins will tell you that facing Oberlin the first week of the season presents a tough challenge for his young squad.
“Oberlin is a well prepared team,” commented Collins. “They are not going to hurt themselves. Coach Peloquin and his staff do a tremendous job of getting their team prepared. They have some nice size players and run the ball hard. We are going to have to play our best to get a win.”