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Cardinals focus on fundamentals during spring


E.D. White Catholic coach Kyle Lasseigne addresses his players during Thursday's spring football practice in Thibodaux. (Photo by Alicia Voisin/Correspondent)


Every team takes a different approach during spring football practice.

For the E.D. White Catholic Cardinals, they are taking a basic approach.

The Cardinals focused on fundamentals and working with younger players throughout spring drills, which wrapped up on Friday.

"It's nothing real complicated in what we are doing," E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne said. "We are trying to teach the younger guys how we practice and what we expect of them at practice. I think that's the ultimate goal for us. If we can get them back in the summer and fall understanding the tempo of practice and what we want to get accomplished, then we did our job."

Inside linebacker Stephen LeBouef said working on fundamentals could pay off in the long run.

"Fundamentals are important for our team," said LeBouef, who will be a senior next season. "It's about getting to the right spot and doing the right thing. It helps us out in preparation for the season. We are looking good. We are picking up the tempo, and the coaches are doing a good job of that. We can't wait for the season."

The Cardinals are looking to rebound from a roller-coaster season in 2011. In a season plagued by injuries, E.D. White finished with a 4-7 overall record (1-4 in District 7-3A) and reached the Class 3A playoffs.

Because of the numerous injuries last season, Lasseigne said the Cardinals were forced to play some younger players. With that in mind, the Cardinals used the spring drills to give the younger players some extra work.

"Our goal has been to see our young kids, especially the upcoming freshman and sophomores," he said. "We want to see how they fit into our schemes. We kind of know what the older guys can do so we are not so much focused on them. We want to see what the young guys can do and build some depth."

Inside linebacker Geoffrey Hebert said giving the younger players some extra work could pay dividends during the 2012 season.

"We had a lot of injuries last year, so a lot of guys had to step it up, and they are returning," said Hebert, who will be a senior next season. "We also have some of those injured guys returning, so we have a lot of depth at those positions."

E.D. White trimmed two days off its spring practice schedule, but Lasseigne said he was OK with that. The move was made to give the football players and opportunity to attend and experience the euphoria of the baseball team's trip to the Class 3A state tournament and its semifinal game in Sulphur.

Lasseigne said the team was unable to make up those two days, but it was worth it because of the baseball team's success this season.

"It was a great job by the baseball team getting there, and it was an exciting time for our school," he said. "I didn't want our kids to miss that, so missing those two days were worth it."

After battling injuries and nearly pulling off a first-round upset in the Class 3A playoffs, Lasseigne said the Cardinals are anxious to start the 2012 season and are hungry to make a deep run in the postseason.

"The guys are excited to get the season started and maybe make up for some things that didn't happen last year," he said. "We want to get back to the playoffs and make some noise, so it will be an exciting time for us."

Hebert said the team is counting down the days until it kicks off the 2012 season.

"I'm very excited," he said. "Last year wasn't a great season for us, and I'm looking forward to improving."

Coming Tuesday: Central Lafourche