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Acadiana Kickoff Tour | New Iberia Yellow Jackets

Some teams just have tougher hills to climb
Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 19:59:02-04

NEW IBERIA — The road is just steeper for some teams and New Iberia has a mountain to climb this fall.

The Yellow Jackets are in the middle of both transition and grief. Less than two weeks before the season begins, the team is juggling the loss of defensive back Gerron Lewis. The senior was shot in his car on Friday, August 16. He was 17 years old.

New NISH head coach Curt Ware calls Lewis a 'good kid' and said he was working hard this summer and fall.

On the field the transition comes in new head coach Curt Ware who left Rayne after more than 80 wins in 14 seasons.

Ware brings in a new system on both sides of the ball. His classic Wing-T attack is quite the juxtaposition from New Iberia's spread attack.

"The biggest challenge is going to be up front. In the Wing-T offense, it's primarily run, you have to run block," said Ware. "In the past they were spread and probably threw the ball more than they ran, so it's a big transition for the guys up front than anyone else."

2018 Record: 2-8
Head Coach: Curt Ware
District: 3-5A
Other Notes: Senior defensive back Gerron Lewis was shot and killed in August