One look at the 2017 record of the Port Allen Middle School Eagles’ football team will show that fans of Port Allen’s high school program have a lot to look forward to next year.
The Eagles went undefeated this season in the Westside Athletic League (6-0).
“Our team had an awesome season this year. Last year, we had the best record in our league; however, many people did not expect this year’s team to be successful because we lost a strong eighth-grade class (15 student-athletes),” Eagles head coach Tommy Hilliard said. “Instead of listening to the skeptics, our team ignored their opinions and used it as motivation.”
Hilliard said that after their first football practice in August, the team had a discussion regarding last year’s success and this year’s team goals.
“From that moment on, it all kind of came together with the kids,” Hilliard said. “They worked hard daily and held each other accountable.”
Port Allen plays in the Westside League with neighbors Brusly Middle, Devall Middle, and Livonia Middle.
Although his team will be losing a lot of top players to high school next year, Hilliard is excited to see what his boys can do for the Pelicans team next season.
“We’re losing another strong eighth-grade class. We have 12 athletes that should be representing the Pelicans next year,” Hilliard said. “Although the intensity of high school football is on a totally different level, I believe we have four athletes that can help PAHS football varsity team in some kind of way next year.”
Those athletes are Jeremiah Dehon, Taveyis Moore, Tyran Williams and Jordan Antoine.
Hilliard added that he will be sending a few players who he thinks have the potential to make an immediate impact for the Pels if they remain disciplined and put in the work necessary to compete on the high school level. On the top of the list is Jeremiah Dehon.
“Jeremiah is one of the best players I have ever coached,” Hilliard said. “Moore and Antoine are two big and powerful running backs who are very difficult to bring down, and Tyran (Williams) has been a great defensive player for us since his sixth-grade year,”
Besides Dehon, Moore and Antoine, the offense was also led by Milton Roger, Jesus Torres, and Jarius Wright. Leading the defense along with Williams were Braylon White, Jeross Battiste, Huey Battiste, Titus Winfield, Kurdavion Williams, Jarrettin Jackson and Brydrick Fields.
“We also had a pretty good kicker in Quinton Creduer,” Hilliard said. “This is a great group of boys and coaching staff. I couldn’t be more proud. Go Eagles!”