June 15, 2013
By Reid Althage
LAFM: How are you associated with South Lafourche High School?
I was around the age of nine when my family moved to Galliano, Louisiana. My dad took a position as teacher and a coach when the school first started in the 60’s. I would eventually go to South Lafourche for high school and graduated in 1975.
LAFM: Did you play any sports in high school?
Yes I played football in the mid 70’s. I was a Defensive back and a Wide Receiver.
LAFM: Did you go to college? Where?
I went to Nichols State University and graduated with a degree in accounting.
LAFM: How long have you been watching South Lafourche High School Football? Can you remember your first game?
The first game I can remember was in 1966. It was the first year we had moved and the game was at Larose High School’s stadium. We played against Terrebonne High School.
LAFM: Who are some of the best players you’ve ever watched play for South Lafourche?
I will name three players. The first is Anthony Naquin. I played with Anthony when I graduated. He was a defensive tackle who was just unblockable. He went on to play at McNeese State University.
The Second is Dewayne Galjour (6’1, 210). He was the Quarterback for the 1971 state championship team. Unique player because he played both quarterback and middle linebacker. He went on to sign a scholarship with LSU.
The third player is David Dillion. He started full back and linebacker on the 1977 state championship team. He went on to play at Northwestern in Nacotish.
LAFM: What do you think the team can improve upon from last year?
This year we should be able to take advantage of the experience we gained last year. We were a young team in the playoffs and it showed when we lost early. I remember when I was a junior Bakerr High School when hokey giand we lost badly in the playoffs. Next year we came back and were able to beat the same team. Playoff football is extremely different then the regular season, and it is a huge advantage to know the difference.
LAFM: Who is a player to watch out for when watching South Lafourche High School this upcoming year?
On defense we have our middle linebacker Peyton Guidry. He is 6’1 200 pounds, runs a 4.6 forty and has a 30 on the ACT. He is a physical guy who knows how to play football.
On offense we have our running back Jake Williams. He ran for over 1000 yards last year. He has a little bit of quickness and does not fall to arm tackles.
LAFM: Do you think the brand of Louisiana football is different than anywhere else?
One thing that separates Louisiana football from anyone else’s is our enormous fan base. Everybody here lives for football season. I mean we had 500 people at an inter quad scrimmage. I can remember the state championship games in the 70’s. Fans were forced to stand on the track at a stadium which seats 8500 people. People from Louisiana love their football.
LAFM: Favorite South Lafourche High School football game ever seen?
In 1978 we went up against Covington High School in the playoffs. They had won the championship in 76 and we had won it in 77. The atmosphere was great and there was even a fog that nigh. The game went back and forth. I do not remember the exact score, but we beat them 40 something to 30 something. Just a great game.
Also, of course I cannot leave out the 77 state championship game. Bobby Hebert threw a famous last second pass on fourth and ten to beat Bonnabel High School. It was a great game and a great moment.
LAFM: What makes South Lafourche High School special?
I would say the community and our close relationship with the school. The school has a great principle, great teachers and great administration. Parents can see the school really cares for its kids. As for the kids, South Lafourche makes them really feel like they are a part of something special.
LAFM: Who is your favorite NFL or Collegiate player of all time and why?
I would have to say Barry Sanders from Oklahoma State. Besides the obvious reasons, I got a chance to meet him at this past super bowl. He is very humble, down to earth and real pleasant to talk too. He was just a great guy.
LAFM: Who is your favorite college or pro football coach and why?
Steve Spurrier is one of my favorites. He is about as good as you get for an offensive mind.