The Donaldsonville High football team is in transition after losing a great receiver to LSU.
The Tigers are keeping busy and trying to learn lots of lessons quickly during the summer, competing in the big Adidas State 7-on-7 Tournament at St Amant with 30 other teams.
New coach Brian Richardson had his team back out on the field in another big tournament at Broadmoor where 15 teams battled it out for the title. There were some exciting offense during the tournament, but the defense also allowed quite a few scores.
"This is a wholesale makeover okay. Other than that, these guys already know my attitude, know my expectations, know the district's expectations and they're pretty solid on that," Richardson said. "But just to learn a new scheme and a new system that's the biggest thing with these guys.
"Losing Stephen Sullivan to LSU last year was big. When we were in a jam we'd just throw it to Stephen and everything would be alright. But now we have to put in a system and work the ball down the field and getting these youngsters to be patient and understand that is the biggest obstacle."
There will be lots of changes for the Tigers as Richardson inherits a team that has only two starters returning on offense and another two starters coming back on defense from a 3-7 squad that gave up 40 points a game in 2015.
"I had four eighth graders out there, okay? Working out, getting better, but they have to get used to it," Richardson. "They have to get used to competing at the varsity level. Everything's not going to work out the way you want it to. Everything's not going to be peaches and cream. It's a lot of work and it's a lot of patience."
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