With a new head coach, the Sulphur Tors will look to keep their five-year playoff streak going.
Cecil Thomas is the 17th head football coach in school history and will guide the Tors in their 90th season.
The Tors will host the SPOT Jamboree at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium on August 29 and 30. Sulphur will take on Washington-Marion at 8 p.m. on August 30.
Sulphur will host Lake Charles College Prep, a Class 3A quarterfinalist last season, Thursday, September 5, to open the 2019 season.
Here is a look at five Tors to keep an eye on this season.
5-10, 170 pounds
NOTES: Welch will anchor the defensive secondary this year. A year ago, Welch made 50 tackles, 27 of them solo. His best game was an eight tackle performance against Sam Houston in Week 5 and he intercepted a pass in Week 6 against Lafayette.
FROM THE COACH: “He is a very talented kid,” Thomas said. “He should make our defense go, especially in the back end.
“He is a very integral and vital part of what we are doing on defense. With his experience, we are expecting big things. He is the leader of the back end. He is strong, fast and physical. He looks like a linebacker playing safety and he does have the potential to move on to the next level.”
Junior, Offensive lineman
6-2, 260 pounds
NOTES: The junior will headline the Tors inexperienced offensive line. Last season, Bryant helped protect quarterback Morgan Clark while he set the school single season passing yards (2,265) and career passing yards (4,904) and touchdown (48) record
FROM THE COACH: “He is a our leader up front and will help us be successful up front,” Thomas said. “He is probably the most physical offensive lineman we have.
“We need him to be more nasty. He has the mentality that we need to win.”
5-9, 178 pounds
NOTES: With the graduating of Jake Lafleur, who is now playing for McNeese State, Tramonte will lead the Tors’ linebacking corps this year. Tramonte, a three-years starter, made 66 tackles last year with three tackles for a loss and four quarterback hurries. He will also see time in the Tors’ backfield after rushing for three touchdowns in 2018.
FROM THE COACH: “Austin is going to play multiple positions for us,” Thomas said. “He may play a little running back for us.
“You might see him in the slot, playing safety or corner or coming off the edge. I think that he is one of our faster kids. He has a good head on his shoulders and has a good nose for the football. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see a lot of turnovers by this kid before the year is out.”
Sophomore, Wide receiver
5-10, 145 pounds
NOTES: Three Walker brothers, Brian (running back, 2010-2013), Byron (quarterback, 2014-2017) and Branden (wide receiver, 2015-2018), have left their mark on the Sulphur football program over the last decade. Braylen Walker will get his chance to add to that legacy this year as he moves into a starting role.
FROM THE COACH: “We need him to be able to stretch the field for us and make plays for us,” Thomas said. “He is one of the strongest kids we have on the team, pound for pound.
“He is really starting to grow up and starting to come into his own.”
Senior, Defensive lineman
6-4, 200 pounds
NOTES: Lecoq spent a lot of time harassing quarterbacks and running backs behind the line of scrimmage last year with seven tackles for a loss, 15 quarterback hurries and three sacks. He ended the season with 60 tackles and will led the Tors front line as they look to improve on last year’s 5-6 record.
FROM THE COACH: “We are going to ask a lot out of Trent, playing defense and tight end,” Thomas said. “He is probably our longest kid we have.
“We need him to have a consistent year on both sides of the football. We are counting on him being a leader up front on the defensive line.”