When it comes to describing the attributes of St. Charles Catholic defensive lineman Mason Narcisse, Comets coach Frank Monica can provide a lengthy list.
“He always maintains his balance. He’s always on his feet. He has exceptionally strong hands. He’s a very, very good pass rusher and moves along the line of scrimmage very, very well. He keeps his pad levels down. I think he is exactly what people are looking for on the next level to play defensive line,” Monica said.
While St. Charles may have gotten off to an uncharacteristic 2-3 start to the 2018 seson, the Comets – behind a season-long stout defense led by Narcisse – made their usual postseason run, reaching the Division II semifinals.
In helping lead the Comets’ defensive charge, Narcisse recorded 58½ tackles, 6½ sacks, recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick. For his efforts, the junior defender has been selected as RiverParishFootball.com’s Defensive Player of the Year.
“It’s really an honor to all the work I put in. I appreciate getting it,” Narcisse said of winning the award.
What initially caught the eye of Monica concerning Narcisse?
“Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is his size. You can’t teach 6-3, 290,” said Monica.
There are even more attributes.
“He has a love for the game. He’s there for everything. He’s there for practice, he’s there for games. He’s been very, very fortunate in his career to stay healthy. That’s important. You can count on him. That’s the No. 1 quality I think a coach wants from an athlete is that he can count on that player. His accountability, the fact he’s always there, and he’s consistent,” Monica said.
Narcisse also has been versatile.
“We also play him on the outside on the edge so he can get a little bit better pass rush technique and have him isolated against one player rather than two. We did that because it allows us to maybe get him matched up against maybe a weaker offensive lineman or matched up with a guy that can be a contain guy. It also eliminates the double-teams from the offensive line standpoint on him,” Monica explained.
The chance to play both inside and outside, Narcisse said, has been a welcome opportunity.
“I can play in the middle and on the edge because of my power moves. I’m very fast off the ball. I like doing a lot of spin moves,” said Narcisse.
People knew what to expect from Narcisse but not even the Comets themselves expected an under-.500 start through five games.
“We knew we were better than this because we never go 2-3 at the start. We just had to get everybody ready and stuff and that’s why we went on a winning streak,” Narcisse said.
That winning streak started in Week 6 and didn’t end until the Division II semifinals.
“We just had to work harder and get better each and every day,” said Narcisse.
Past winners include: Jason Dumas, St. James (2017); Myles Meyer, East St. John (2016), Sully Laiche, Lutcher and Evan Veron, Riverside (both 2015), Laiche and Ahmani Martin, East St. John (both 2014); Rae Juan Marbley, Destrehan (2013), Luke Jackson, St. Charles (2012); Taylor Cochran, St. Charles (2011) and Jarvis Landry, Lutcher (2010).
*All of the 2018 River Parish post-season trophies were purchased at Faber Awards. They were paid for by the sponsorship of DiCarlo’s Food and Spirits. Located in Cypress Lakes Country Club, DiCarlo’s Food and Spirits is open to the public for lunch and dinner Tuesday-through Saturday. They offer a full menu and daily lunch specials, crawfish and seafood specials on Friday during Lent. You can find out more on their Facebook page or by calling (985) 764-6868.