About the Team
Head Coach: Steve Meyers, 9th season (59-38, all at Belle Chasse)
Returning Lettermen: 35
Returning Offensive Starters: 4
Returning Defensive Starters: 5
Lettermen Lost: 19
State Champions: 2008
State Runner-Up: 1983, 2001
Playoff Appearances: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
The Belle Chase Cardinals are gearing up for the 2023 football season with a sense of continuity and promise. Under the leadership of Head Coach Stephen Meyers, who enters his 9th year at the helm, the team looks to build upon their solid 7-4 record from the previous season. Though they face the challenge of a young roster with limited returning starters, Coach Meyers remains optimistic about the team's potential.
On the offensive side, the Cardinals will see a change at the quarterback position with the talented sophomore, Amori Ambrose, taking the reins. With only four offensive starters returning, the transition will rely on the experience of running back and full back duo Jaedon Voisin and Aedon Westbrook. Voisin, a towering figure at 6'2 and 245 pounds, was the school's single-season rushing leader last year and is eager to continue his dominant form. Westbrook adds depth and reliability to the backfield, making the offensive load more manageable for the young quarterback.
However, the offensive line will face a significant overhaul, retaining only senior Sterling Barthelemy from last season's starting lineup. The onus will be on juniors Joseph Johnson and Randy Roberts, along with sophomores Savion Barthelemy and Vedron Petrovitch, to step up and solidify the protection for the inexperienced QB. Their development and progress throughout the season will be crucial to the Cardinals' offensive success.
Defensively, the Cardinals have a stronger foundation to build upon. Linebacker Cedric Harris, the leading tackler from last season and a 1st team all-district player, will be the anchor of the defense. The senior's experience and leadership will be vital in guiding a defense that sees five starters return from the previous year. The defensive backs, led by seniors Leon Jackson and Jacob Black, are determined to build on their impressive junior seasons and provide a formidable secondary for Belle Chase.
In the trenches, sophomore standouts Savion Barthelemy and Cameron Munford will be the driving force on the defensive line. Their growth and maturity over the past months bode well for the Cardinals' defensive front, and their impact will be instrumental in disrupting opposing offenses.
While the Cardinals lost several key lettermen from the previous season, Coach Meyers remains unfazed and sees the opportunity for growth and development within this young squad. With a potent rushing attack and a defense anchored by talented veterans, Belle Chase looks poised to compete in their district once again. The emergence of Amori Ambrose as the starting quarterback brings a sense of excitement and anticipation for what the Cardinals can achieve in the 2023 season.