SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Lutcher Bulldogs

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Lutcher Bulldogs
Lutcher Bulldogs (Source: WAFB)

LUTCHER, La. (WAFB) - Stop No. 28 for Sportsline Summer Camp takes us to one of the most tradition-rich programs in the state of Louisiana - the Lutcher Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs have won eight state championships over the years, with the last one being in 2016. That’s hardly a long time ago, but for head coach Dwain Jenkins, who is a former Lutcher quarterback and longtime assistant coach with the Bulldogs, he knows what the expectations are.

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Jenkins is now entering his fifth year as the Bulldogs’ head coach and is dealing with the same challenge everyone else is this summer - trying to work his team hard without getting them shut down by COVID-19.

Jenkins said Lutcher, known for producing such electric playmakers as Jarvis Landry and Jontre Kirklin, is actually short on skill players these days and heavy, pardon the pun, on offensive and defensive linemen.

Sophomore D’Wanye’ Winfield will move from wide receiver to quarterback, while 1,200-yard rusher Rasuan Starks returns in the backfield.

Coach Jenkins said getting shut down from mid-March to June was certainly no fun but everyone is doing their best to make the most of the situation and stay focused on what will hopefully be a 2020 high school football season.

Last season, Lutcher finished just 5-5 overall, with a lopsided first-round playoff loss to Booker T. Washington.

Last year, Mekhi Patterson and Winfield hooked up for some big gains in Lutcher’s offense. But the roles might be reversed this season with Winfield switching to quarterback and Patterson taking on a more versatile task at the skill positions.

“Mekhi Patterson started 10 games for us last year at quarterback and just his promise of moving his future is more as an athlete, so we want to be able to use him in more of those situations,” said Jenkins.

However, the running back position is still the same. Storks returns after coming off a season where he rushed for at least 100 yards in 10 of the 11 games.

The strength of the Bulldogs’ defense will be up front, as the defensive line returns a load of experience, including senior Carter Poche.

And, as Jenkins described their schedule, the Bulldogs will be baptized by fire again in the first two weeks. They have a home contest against Amite, then a road trip to the Division 3 state runner up, the St. Charles Catholic Comets.

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