Opelousas football is off to a 4-1 start to the season, including four straight wins. This memorable run in large part due to a player who hasn't played a down for the Tigers this year.
"It's been special like we've been working for this. We knew we were going to have it. Just in our head, Dashaun with us," said Senior quarterback Quincy Leday.
Tight end Dashaun Foster was getting ready for his senior year with the Tigers, but on July 3rd, he collapsed while playing pick up basketball. Five days later, he passed away at the age of 17.
"Dashaun is the kind of child that every parent would be proud of. His parents did a great job raising him," Head Coach Doug Guillory said.
Now OHS has dedicated their season to Foster, placing his name and number on everything they wear.
"Everybody just want to make him proud and make his family proud because I know how hard he wanted to work and do the things that we're doing now," a fellow teammate said of Foster.
Opelousas has even started a new tradition of letting a different player wear his number 81 on Fridays, starting with the seniors
"I just felt like I was going to dominate the whole night with his jersey on cause he was in my spirit." said Leday.
"I took it as a challenge. I want to live up to his name so I played as best I could," another OHS player added.
Seeing foster's jersey number on Friday only starts to paint the picture of how much his presence is felt inside of this OHS program. It doesn't matter if it's inside of their locker room, practice, or game.
But before the Tigers can break a huddle, they have to earn the right to use his name.
"I told them look guys. We're not going to do this in vein. If we're going to dedicate this season to this young man and his memory, then I'll be damn if we gone do it half-ass," said coach Doug Guillory.
"If we not going 100 percent, then we're not saying his name at all. For days that we don't go hard, until we go hard that day," added Leday.
What makes the tigers 4-1 record so special is that it's the first time they've won that many games in a decade. Opelousas is now in prime position to make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. But a run to the postseason means nothing without upholding Foster's legacy.
"We have no choice because we said we were gone do it. We looked up to the sky and we told him, we will bust our tail and we will not take breaks. And we're not going to disappoint him," Guillory said.
Opelousas will continue to push toward that goal of making the playoffs as district play begins