LAFAYETTE — The 2019 football season has been a long-time coming for Southside football.
"We started practicing behind a church, in a field that wasn't a football field," said head coach Josh Fontenot. "For us to be at school, on our practice field playing real varsity games, our players and coaches have waited a long time for this so we're ready to go."
Southside high school opened in 2016, but will play it's first varsity season this fall. The Sharks play in the 3-5A district alongside Lafayette rivals Lafayette, Comeaux and Acadiana.
The team features 12 seniors who have patiently waited a chance to finally take the field in a meaningful game.
"We think we can throw and cover people pretty well. But will we be able to run the ball and stop the run consistently? I think that is the biggest question in terms of how fast can Southside compete," said Fontenot. "I don't think it will be for a lack of effort. It will be a size and experience, strength and depth. If we can compete up front I think we'll be fine."
"Our size isn't the best. But we have a lot of people who are talented and fast and we'll have to stick with our speed and skill positions," said senior wide receiver Rhett Peloquin. "Throwing the ball is going to be one way we can move the ball downfield."
2018 Record: Didn't play varsity schedule
Head Coach: Josh Fontenot
Other Notes: 12 seniors on inaugural team