May 24, 2013
By Reid Althage
LAFM: When did you first get involved with E.D. White?
I went to E.D White for High School in 1969 for my 8th grade year. I kind of stopped being involved once I graduated in 1974. In 1980, the football team won its first district championship in 8 years, and I have kept up with E.D. White athletics since then.
LAFM: How long have you been watching E.D. White Football?
My first game ever was in 1966 when I was about eleven-twelve years old. It was a game between us and Vandebilt High school who was our biggest rival. E. D. White needed a victory to win the district championship. It was a tremendously hard fought ball game and ended 6-6. Back in the 60’s and early 70’s, tie-breakers went down to either first downs or penetrations. Vandebilt won on first downs. Ever since then I have been a huge fan.
LAFM: Did you play any sports in high school?
I was not much of an athlete, but I loved sports. I became the statistician for the basketball, baseball, and football team.
LAFM: As a new fan or even student, was there a year or two that particularly stands out?
We won the State Championship in 1968 and 1969.
In 1968, we beat homer high school in the championship game. The game was in Northern Louisiana, and we had 11 bus’s completely filled with fans and students travel to the game. It was an awesome atmosphere. We won 28-0. I remember because the firemen’s day parade was devoted to the football team that year. It was absolutely awesome and spectacular.
In 1969, we beat Franklinton High School 20-7. The path to the championship stands out that year. During the season, we played against the #2 ranked Newman High School. At the time we were undefeated ourselves. Newman had a Parade All-American kid by the name of Miles Clemons. We held him to 2 touchdowns and won the game 22-16. We also saw Homer again in the Semi-finals. We beat them 7-0 in a hard fought game. The state championship game was a showdown between our QB Joe Fakier and Franklintons QB Woody Watson. Joes was one of the finest athletes to ever come through E.D. White. We were down 7-0 at half time. Came back to win 20-7
LAFM: Did you go to college? Where?
Yes, I went to Nichols University.
LAFM: In Sports, who was your most influential figure?
In 8th grade, I got to see Mike Prejean play. He made me admire the game and great players like himself. He was a Fullback/Running back who wore number 43. Real good athlete and student. Just one of those kids who had a confident air about himself. He proved himself through action and not words. He was inducted into E. D. White’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Boyd Hebert Jr. is another player who comes to mind. Boyd is a good friend of mine. He coached for 20 years at E.D. White. I grew up with him always a year ahead of me. He was a part of the 1972 senior class. He was an exemplary figure who showed real commitment to purpose and dedication. He embodied what dedication and purpose was for a football team.
LAFM: Who are some of the best players you’ve ever watched?
Joe Fakier- He was a QB with a great arm, extremely aggressive and great athlete. He ran the offense extremely well and was fun to watch. He played 2 years at LSU.
Geoff Lejeune-He was a running back and defensive back from 1983-1987. He started 8th grade year and became a 5 year letterman. Probably the finest athlete E.D. White ever had come through its doors. He was Coach Preston Lejeune’s son (coach Preston Lejeune is the current AD). Just an all-around good athlete solid and extremely knowledgeable. I believe he went on to play three years at USL (what is now ULL) until a knee injury.
LAFM: What would you like to see changed in High School football?
The Current system of non-select and select is a can of worms that did not need to be opened. Football wasn’t broken to begin with and now it has become more confusing. I do not think the system had a clear vision of what they wanted to do.
LAFM: Who is a player to watch out for when watching E.D. White this upcoming year?
They have a big defensive tackle name Patrick Allen 6’2. The kid is big, strong, and will be a good football player.
Scotty Sanders is also a defensive tackle. He is 6’4 and played baseball on the state runner up team.
LAFM: Do you think the brand of Louisiana football is different than anywhere else?
I have to say Jim Pittman coach of Tulane from 1960-1970 summed it up the best. “we don’t have the biggest and strongest, but they will all flip their heads up and wont back off anybody. They are the most courageous and hard nose football players in all of America. “ That is the best way I can describe it.
LAFM: Favorite ED White football game ever seen?
I have 2 favorite games.
The first happened in 1972. It was a game against Vanderbilt again. We had lost to Vandebilt 36-2 the year before. The team felt that they needed to get back at them any way we could. During the bus ride, everything was quiet. You could hear a pen drop the intensity was so high. The team was about to come out of the locker room for warm-up and they started to yell and scream. It was absolutely inspirational and confidence building. We won 12-0. Celebrating afterward was absolutely amazing.
The second game was our state championship against John Curtis in 1981. Buddy Dilibierto “Buddy D” said it would be a no contest John Curtis would win. Our team came out and fought its guts out. In the first quarter, we took a 3-0 lead after a John Curtis fumble. John Curtis then got a turnover and scored 21 straight points in the first quarter. The second quarter was more even. We scored off a 75 yard reverse to George Robinson which totally changed the game. First possession of the third quarter, Brian Clement throws a touchdown to make it 21-17. The rest of the half it went back and forth between the two teams. . We threw an interception with 2 minutes left and that was the end of it. Absolutely great game, and I have never been more proud of a team.
Wow, never been so proud of that team.
LAFM: Who is your favorite NFL or Collegiate player of all time and why?
College player- Juwan Dawson. He was a 2 time all conference receiver at Tulane and part of the undefeated team in 1988. He was absolutely fine individual besides being a great football player. My father got sick during the days he was playing. He would come and visit my dad and the whole family. My dad appreciated it along with the rest of the family.
LAFM: Who is your favorite college or pro football coach and why?
Tom Landry. He led the Cowboys to numerous championships. He was always an astute, spiritual, and humble coach. He let the actions do the talking.