LAKE ARTHUR — Lake Arthur Tigers
Coach: Tarius Davis
Record: 5-6 (Lost in 1st Round)
Notes: Davis takes over his alma-mater | Lake Arthur Hall of Famer
Lake Arthur was always a dream job for Tarius Davis.
He was a star with the Tigers in the 90's and is in the school's athletic hall of fame. But Davis didn't know if the opportunity would come or when it would be right.
"Me and my wife are both graduates of Lake Arthur high school," Davis said. "It's a homecoming for both of us. Being at my last stop at Vinton, we played Lake Arthur on the schedule last several years. So, we got to go back and a couple years we were back for homecoming. This time we realized it's really a homecoming."
The dream came true for Davis when he was hired at Lake Arthur in January after spending 9 years as the head coach of Vinton.
Davis inherits a Tigers team that had solid success under Mark Deshotel, including a 5-5 regular season last year, in one of the toughest districts in our area in 6-2A.
Lake Arthur loses a dynamic two headed monster at running back in Torrell Levias and Daylon Charles, but returns starting QB Tyler Breaux and four of their five starting offensive linemen.
For Coach Davis, he isn't married to any specific system. His motto is whatever it takes to win.
"The whole idea is we want to find the things that put our kids in the best possible situation to be successful. That's my style, that's my philosophy. We're not just going to say 'this is what we do.' We're going to put our kids in the best chance to be successful Also, we're going to try to find our best players, put them out there and build depth around that."
"I wouldn't really say he demands respect," Breaux said. "I think people from the area just know him and they give him respect without him even asking for it."
"He definitely requires a lot of respect. He wants us to be on point," Lake Arthur senior safety Blye Daniels said. "He doesn't like all the extra talking. Just wants to play football and get prepared for the season."
Lake Arthur returns 6 starters on offense and 5 on defense.
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