Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of previews for high school football teams in the New Orleans metro area.
Guy Le Compte discovered something unexpected about Country Day when he arrived to coach his first football season there in 2020.
It had to do with the culture of the school, which runs from kindergarten to grade 12.
In a Class 1A school where so many kids grow up together, LeCompte quickly realized how much of a positive impact this could have on team chemistry.
“They’re all playing for each other,” said LeCompte, whose team went 4-3 overall last season and won a Division IV playoff game against St. Mary’s. “You don’t have to motivate kids to perform at their best.”
This advantage, he found, helped balance the challenge of having a small roster size.
The use of two-way players at a school like Country Day is common, but it’s not something LeCompte needed during his previous two head coaching stops – at Holy Cross and Mandeville, greater cut.
“You want to make sure you have your best players on the field in the fourth quarter,” LeCompte said. “Coach at a small school, the challenge is to keep these guys fresh to get into the fourth quarter.”
A two-way player is Scott Isaacs, a rising senior who led the team in rushing last season and played linebacker on defense. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Isacks are “the strongest on the team,” LeCompte said.
Michael Talbota senior, is an experienced quarterback, running back and linebacker. Christian Dalya senior, is an experienced starting linebacker and running back.
Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of previews for high school football teams in the New Orleans metro area.
Several Country Day football players showed off their athletic skills in other sports – including two who ran in the winning 4×100 meter relay at the Class 1A Athletics Championships in May.
Senior Safety Ben Stassi ran the first leg and the senior gap Evan Nunez ran the third leg of this winning relay.
Nunez was one of the best escapees last season. Other broads include junior Clayton Gehman and junior Yash Gupta.
In another athletics event, the senior climb Jack Schwing placed third in the long jump without much practice at the event, LeCompte said. Primarily a safety, Schwing will play receiver and running back.
Country Day added three players from the basketball team. Senior André Conrad and junior Cam Terrell are defined to be wide. Miles Lemmlera senior 6-2, will be an H-back on offense and a nose guard on defense.
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Second year Dawson Simmons gained a lot of experience at quarterback as a rookie. “He played really well for us last year,” LeCompte said.
The offensive line has senior Will Lafayejunior Jake Ibieta and junior Ethan Smith as returning starters. The other beginners are in the second year Casey Rizzi and second Hagan Mimeles.
Defense contributors include junior defensive end colin cummingssenior linebacker AJ Laugand and senior cornerback Parrish Abramson. Others in secondary are seniors Maxime Valobrajunior Taj Oberhelmanjunior Jack Schwing and second Maddox Moss.
Junior Connor Gibbswho had a 42-yard field goal to defeat Riverside last season, has “phenomenal leg strength and accuracy,” LeCompte said.
COUNTRY DAY 2021 CALENDAR
August 19: Scrimmage vs Ascension Christian, 5:30 p.m.
August 27: Jamboree at Saint-Charles, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 3: vs. Northlake Christian, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 10: at the Catholic Ascension, 7 p.m.
September 17: c. Episcopal, 4:30 p.m.
September 24: vs. Newman at Yulman, 7 p.m.
September 30: against Thomas Jefferson at Memtsas, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: c. St. Martin’s, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 15: West St. John, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Jefferson Rise Charter, 4:30 p.m.
October 29: Open
Nov. 5: at Riverside, 7 p.m.