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Mandeville Head Football Hutch Gonzales (not pictured), former Penn State and New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti. and the rest of the Mandeville coaching staff have helped the Skippers become one of the state's most improved teams (Photo taken by Lee Brecheen)

The Mandeville Skippers Emerged As One Of The State’s Most Improved Teams This Season

The Mandeville Skippers Emerged As One Of The State’s Most Improved Teams This Season

by Alexis Mason

Mandeville High School’s football program in Mandeville, LA is off to a great season with a 5-1 record. The credit for this success is towards the entire team, but there notable players to mention for the accomplishment. 

According to Coach Gonzales, junior quarterback Devon Tott has stepped up his game this year to be the leader the team needs by calling great offensive plays and running well. Senior Will Sheppard is leading the state in receiving yards & touchdowns. He has not committed to any college yet, but has offers from Alcorn State, Grambling State, Northwestern State, Southeastern University, Southern University, and more. He has been awarded 1st Team All-District wide receiver. Senior safeties Noah Engolia and Jack Henderson help keep the defense alive and perform the physical dynamics of football. Junior John O’Connor is an offensive linebacker that helps stop big time runs and has won the defensive Mandeville Award

Overall Coach Hutch Gonzales recognizes the entire team for their hard effort and their contributions to the culture he is trying to install for the program. Coach Gonzales says he wants to take it a one week at a time, but is working on gaining more momentum to compete for district championship and host a playoff game.


Alexis Mason is a Maryland native, but went to high school in Atlanta. She is a junior studying Sports Administration at LSU. Her future plan is to own a recruiting program that helps high school athletes receive college scholarships. Her ultimate goal in life is to help others and to make their life just a little easier any way possible. She is a big believer of having faith and knowing that every obstacle that comes in life is there for a reason and can be tackled.








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About Jace LeJeune

Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is majoring in Journalism. This is Jace's third year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.