It’s that point of yr after we shift our focus again to the gridiron, and in doing so, we have now put collectively our NOLA.com | The Instances-Picayune 18 groups to observe heading for the 2018 season. The checklist is an total group, no matter classification. We’ll run them one every day, beginning with No. 18 on Wednesday, July 18 and ending with No. 1 on Friday, August 10, which can lead us into the center of our prep previews.

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No. 17 HOLY CROSS TIGERS

2017 vitals: 5-6 (4-2 and tied for second within the Catholic League); 10th seed in Division I playoffs; misplaced to seventh-seeded St. Paul’s, 27-24, within the first spherical.

What ought to we search for in 2018? A brand new perspective, for one factor. There isn’t any query the Tigers enter this season as a wild card, and one that might end within the backside three of the Catholic League or win the factor. Significantly, they’re that powerful to determine.

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With new coach Man LeCompte refreshed and prepared for a brand new begin after 20 years on the North Shore as an assistant at Salmen after which a extremely profitable decade-plus marketing campaign at Mandeville, this might be THE shock crew of the 2018 metro prep season.

One factor for certain is the Tigers can be bodily, particularly on the defensive aspect of the ball, and that can begin with returning All-Metro junior linebacker Tyler Grubbs.

“I’m enthusiastic about what we have now this yr, and as soon as these guys perceive what we’re making an attempt to do, get used to my expectations – methods to observe, the tempo, self-discipline, character, these issues – I feel they do not know how good they are often.,” LeCompte mentioned.

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The offensive aspect of the soccer is the true unknown. Junior quarterback Bryan Broussard has expertise after sharing duties final season, and working backs Celven Hulbert (junior) and Jaden Helpful (sophomore) may have some large footwear to fill after the departure of Landen Bates.

One other large plus is Holy Cross returns one of many prime kicker within the metro space in senior Nolan Heitmeier.

How far can this crew go? Effectively, we have already spilled the beans a bit on how far we expect they’ll go, however simply ask any of the opposite head coaches within the Catholic League in the event that they assume the Tigers have the prospect to win the league.

Whereas a visit to the Dome could also be a bit optimistic, there isn’t any cause to assume this might be the perfect season for Holy Cross soccer since a run to the Division I semifinals in 2013. To do this, they will have

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Schedule: Aug. 31, Higgins (H); Sept. 7, Covington (A); Sept. 14, Chalmette (A); Sept. 21, *Shaw (H); Sept. 28, *Jesuit (A); Oct. 6, *Rummel (A); Oct. 12, *Brother Martin (H); Oct. 19, *John Curtis (A); Oct. 25, *St. Augustine (H); Nov. 2, Dwell Oak (H).

Sport in daring can be broadcast stay on NOLA.com.

* – district sport

Projected end: 7-5 total, fourth within the Catholic League, sixth seed within the Division I playoffs and advancing to the quarterfinals.

THE REST OF OUR LIST …

No. 18 PONCHATOULA GREEN WAVE

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Jim Derry might be reached at [email protected] or 504.232.9944. Comply with him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JimDerryJr



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