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Cardinals inspired by baseball team's playoff run


E.D. White Catholic coach Kyle Lasseigne goes over defensive plays during Tuesday's spring football practice in Thibodaux. (Photo by Brent St. Germain/Staff)


-- Fourth in a 13-part series.

The E.D. White Catholic Cardinals don't have to look far to find inspiration for the 2013 football season.

In fact, they only have to look to the baseball field adjacent to Harvey Peltier Stadium.

On that field, the E.D. White baseball team rolled through District 7-3A competition and advanced all the way to the Class 3A championship game, finishing as the state runner-up.

E.D. White football coach Kyle Lasseigne said the Cardinals will use the baseball team's run as a source of inspiration for the 2013 season.

"We've got some very key members of our football team who are baseball players, and I think their success in baseball will only help our football program," Lasseigne said. "Obviously, those guys saw what it takes to get to a state championship game, and their experience will only benefit the football program."

That type of inspiration can come in handy, as the Cardinals look to improve on last season's 6-5 record, which included a trip to the Class 3A playoffs. E.D. White will also be competing in District 9-3A next season with Berwick, Donaldsonville, Franklin and Patterson.

Senior safety Justin Theriot, who played on the E.D. White state runner-up baseball team, said he understands how success in one sport can inspire another.

"It's going to help us lead the team," Theriot said. "As a senior, you have to be a leader, and on the baseball team, we had a good group of seniors that led us. We know what to do, how to punch the right buttons and do well on the field."

Because of the baseball team's playoff run, E.D. White's football team was missing several key players who played both sports for the opening week of spring drills. The football team also took two days off to attend the Class 3A state tournament in Sulphur.

But once the baseball players returned to the football this week, the intensity level was up at practice.

"After we got all of the baseball players back it definitely picked up the level of intensity," senior safety Seth Ledet said. "So far, this has been one of the best springs since I've been here."

Lasseigne said he has also been pleased with the level of intensity and competition throughout the spring practices.

"This has been the most up tempo spring I've been associated with, and that is a credit to the kids," he said. "They've really gotten excited about being out here. I am pleased with the effort that we've had out there. We had good technique work, but when it's time to go live, we've also had some excellent work."

Lasseigne said he attributes the spirited practices to numerous trying to prove themselves as potential starters for the upcoming season. Some of the top battles have been along the offensive and defensive lines.

With the competition at a high level, Lasseigne said his main priority is to find players that can help the Cardinals succeed on Friday nights.

"As coaches, the most important thing for us is to put guys in position where you see how they react to things and compete, whether it's a new position, an old position or just doing something different," Lasseigne said. "Any situation we put them in we want to how they react to it and how they are going to compete in it.

"At the end of spring, we will have a list of competitors, and we will find a place for those guys to go play on Fridays."

The Cardinals will wrap up drills with a spring game against Thibodaux High. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Thibodaux High.

Ledet said he is ready to square off against another team.

"I like the idea, and I'm ready for it, especially since it's against Thibodaux High because it is a fun game," he said. "But I'm actually a little leery about it because in the past I've remembered people getting hurt. It's in the back of my mind, but we'll be ready for it."

Coming Saturday: Assumption.