by Eric Brown
September 29, 2010 – Tara High School is located in Baton Rouge,as part of the east Baton Rouge Parish school system and opened in 1970.Tara High School has Builded a solid 4A football program over the past few years.The Tara Trojans has made the playoffs three of the past five seasons, unfortunately, it’s been 2005 since Tara, has made it out of the first round.Tara went in 9-1 in 2007 and went unbeaten in district. Tara’s 9-1 season in 2007 was the one and only season for Mike Todd as head coach, the 2008 season was the first season for current Trojans coach Ron Lejeune.
Coach Lejeune’s career includes head coaching stops at Class 1A East Iberville (1997-99), Class 1A St. John- Plaquemine (2000-01) and Class 4A Belaire (2002-05). 2006-2007. LeJeune was an assistant coach at 3A Brusly High. Tara has had some individual players recently achieving a great deal of succes in college. Former Quarterback Paul Harris, who is now the starting Quarterback for Northwestern State, in a week one lost to Air Force, had a spinning airborne touchdown, that was a top play on ESPN, which made him a youtube Sensation. Former Trojans Linebacker and Texas Tech Red Raider, Brian Duncan, now a senior has made a major impact in Lubbock, including 8 tackles and force fumble in their bowl win a year ago against Michigan State. Tara has a Linebacker right now that’s getting a lot of looks, named Jeremy Gardner, a Senior, who is leaning toward Minnesota or LSU, but has a lot of schools looking at him. Coach Lejeune told me the 6’1, 235 Linebacker has an aggressive streak that he love’s and will be playing for a long while. Tara also has Tyric Nelson, who is only 5’7 but runs a 4.5. DT Charles Jackson is another key guy.
The Trojans have struggled out the gates with three loses, plaqued by injures. losing quarterterback,Kyle Blackburn,SS Gabe Joslyn,John Washington the Backup QB and Tyric Nelson,who is set to return to play. Tara with there depth and speed, can no doubt compete in this district, as they start district against Broadmoor.