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Bulldogs taking ‘one-game season’ approach for final four games

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  • October 10, 2017 - 6:40pm

File photosAlthough just 1-5 on the season, the only flag Lutcher is waving is a purple one with the team's bulldog logo. LHS hosts St. Michael on Friday night.

When a program such as Lutcher falls to 1-5, maybe it’s time to take a different sort of approach to the season.

“We just have to understand that everything for us now is a one-week season. We have to figure out a way over the next four weeks to go 1-0. It has to start this week. It’s just getting our kids up for the game and believe and play,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said.

The first of the “one-week” seasons starts with visiting St. Michael on Friday. The Warriors are 2-4 on the season and each team is 0-1 in District 6-4A play.

“St. Michael is rebuilding and creating a new identity under their new coach, Justin Hutchinson. It looks like they have some pieces to build around but they are still trying to figure out what their identity will be,” said Jenkins.

Hurting St. Michael’s effort has been the loss of Brandon Bourgeois – an all-everything sort of player for the Warriors.

“He is playmaker for them and they play him in a lot of different places – he’s played quarterback, he’s played receiver, he’s played defensive back. He’s been injured. That’s taken away from one of their weapons they have offensively and that’s given them some issues,” Jenkins said.

The Warriors are coming off a 38-7 district-opening loss to Woodlawn and face issues similar to those of the Bulldogs, according to Jenkins.

“I thought, up front, Woodlawn was able to take advantage of them, and that’s where that game was won and lost. Time and time again, that’s where in 4A and 5A and against quality teams, the game will be won and lost up front and we haven’t been able to find a way to crack through that yet,” the Lutcher coach said.

St. Michael’s offense offers a mixture of different looks.

“They line up under center with shifts and motions, similar to what LSU is doing right now. They line up in the shotgun and run some spread stuff. Coach Hutchinson played offensive line at Amite back in his (playing) career days and you will see them get under center in spread formation with jet sweep motion, traps and things like that,” Jenkins said.

Among the positions Bourgeois lined up was at quarterback. Without him, the Warriors have utilized Kade Stuart and Cole Garafola at the position.

Lance Robinson has gotten the bulk of the carries at running back.

“He runs extremely hard. He’s not a really big kid but when he has the football in his hands, he’s really been able to make some tough runs,” said Jenkins.

Anchoring the offensive line is Hunter McCann.

“They do have a nice front. It’s not as big as some of the fronts as we’ve seen recently but they still have Hunter McCann, who’s 6-1, 285, who’s a returning starter, and is a real good-looking player. He’s probably the best of that group,” Jenkins.

Christopher Sehring, who also plays tight end, has been coming on strong as of late at defensive end, according to Jenkins.

“Last week against Woodlawn, he really made his presence felt at defensive end. He made a couple of really nice plays from the defensive end position but he really is a good-looking 6-2, 200-pound athlete who plays tight end with these shifts and motions they are doing. They are trying to find a way to get him a favorable matchup,” Jenkins said.

Like Sehring, Jaren Reimenenq has played some at receiver but his impact lately has been on defense.

“You will see him primarily now playing cornerback but he does, every once in a while, get to play on offense. As a defensive back, he’s probably their most consistent cover guy,” said Jenkins.

After seeing a steady diet of odd fronts, the Bulldogs are likely to face a four-man front on Friday night.

“They will play a 4-2 and 4-3. One of the things they have done recently when they are in their 4-2 look, they are a lot more aggressive with their pressure,” Jenkins said.

The focus for the Bulldogs against St. Michael, Jenkins said, has to be inward.

“It’s no disrespect to St. Michael’s but all of our focus right now has to be on us. We have to understand we’ve played a pretty tough schedule. Parkview has the worst record on our schedule and you realize they were a play away from beating Catholic High in Week 1 and their other losses were to John Curtis and they pretty much outplayed a Walker team and lost on a kickoff return and one big play. I think they had 27 first downs and Walker seven and they lost that game. They had some tough luck there,” the Lutcher coach said.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.