NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - De La Salle went on a magical run in 2017 that got them all the way to the Dome. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, they ran into a buzzsaw, University High, in the state title game. De La Salle lost a ton of talent from that runner-up squad, but do they have enough to get back to the Superdome?
"Our expectations are never going to change. We never talk about wins, we never talk about state championships," said De La Salle Head Coach Ryan Manale. "We'll talk about at training camp where we want to be. But it's all about developing in the classroom, developing as a person, developing as an athlete for your team. We have great young kids, that are working extremely hard. They're turning into great young men. The future is bright for them, we have to see how soon we can back to that level we were at. Because we don't have the seniors we had the last couple of years."
The most important spot on the field, quarterback, will have a new starter for DLS. A tough position to fill, with a legend just leaving the program.
"Julian Gums is a phenomenal young man on and off the field. We lose him, he's not coming back through the locker room. Now we move to Fisher Rojas, he'll be a junior. He got to play in one full game last year, and the first half of a jamboree. He's been working extremely hard. Has not missed a 6:15 workout this year. He's been perfect in attendance. He's earned that opportunity to get a starting role," said Manale.
Rojas will have to deal with an extremely tough non-district schedule that includes St. Aug, Riverside, back-to-back 4A state champs Karr.