by Mark Clements
November 8, 2010 – One of the staples of St. Thomas More High School football this season has been the tenacious Cougar defense.
One of the leaders of this stout squad, which wasn’t allowed more than six points in the last four games, is linebacker David Laborde.
The 6-foot, 205-pound senior has made his presence known on the field so far this season, gathering the attention of several Louisiana schools including Tulane, ULL, ULM and McNeese State.
Laborde said the Green Wave stand out as the top school on his list so far.
“I toured the school and visited the school and it’s a lovely school and then the athletic facilities are amazing,” Laborde said. “On game day, not many people can say they got to play in the Louisiana Superdome every Saturday so that’s pretty cool.”
David’s father is a Tulane graduate himself, and said he would love to see his son suit up for the Green Wave next season.
“I’m a Tulane graduate and he has an interest in Tulane, but I’m fine with whatever he chooses,” he said. “I don’t really have a preference, it’s only because I went there and I like New Orleans and it would be a fun place to go to.”
Laborde, who attended a Tulane camp last summer, bench presses 285 pounds, cleans 285 and squats 410 and can run the forty in 4.62 seconds.
The two-sport athlete also takes his talents to the track, where he runs the 4×100 4×200 and 4×400.
Laborde’s father said one of David’s best skills, is his natural football instincts.
“He has a really good knack of being around the ball and of being around the guy with the ball playing defense,” he said. “He’s strong and big and he’s always in the right place at the right time.”
Laborde said he tries to take some of that mental ability from Baltimore Raven great Ray Lewis.
“He’s got amazing intensity on the field and he’s a team leader,” Laborde said. “Every Sunday he goes out to play and he makes the plays.”
The Cougars are off to a very impressive 9-0 start. While every win could be seen as a big win, Laborde said one game stuck out in his mind and the biggest.
“The game by far that was the highlight of my season was the Acadiana game,” Laborde said. “Acadiana is one team we always struggled with in the past and we wanted this year to really change that. The whole team worked their butt off for it and it felt good to see that hard work pay off beating one of the top teams not only in the state but in the nation.”