Opelousas Tigers

District 5-4A · Opelousas, LA

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Players To Watch

D'Shaun FordRB6-02254.5Jr
Travis EspritMLB6-0215N/AJr
Zackeus MalveauxQB5-112104.5Jr

Last 5 Seasons

YearClassWinsLossesPlayoff Finish

About the Team

Head Coach: Jimmy Zachery, 4th season (15-13, all at Opelousas)

Returning Lettermen: 28

Returning Offensive Starters: 8

Returning Defensive Starters: 8

Lettermen Lost: 4

State Runner-Up: 1938, 1956

Playoff Appearances: 1938, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2004, 2018, 2021, 2022

2023 Preview

by Matthew Louviere

The Opelousas Tigers will feel like they have unfinished business to attend to in 2023 after racking up a nine-game winning streak and a District 5-4A title to close out the 2022 season.

Head coach Jimmy Zachery’s job will be made easier with the return of junior RB D’Shaun Ford. Ford finished the 2022 season with over 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns and doesn’t seem to have hit his peak just yet. Ford will be joined by veteran QB Zackeus Malveaux, also a junior. Malveaux performed well for the Tigers last season in a variety of offensive schemes, where his athleticism and passing ability led Opelousas to a combined 195-36 score in district.

Junior Travis Esprit will once again lead the Opelousas defense after finishing the 2022 season with 130 total tackles and 6 sacks. The six-foot, 200-pound linebacker isn’t one to shy away from contact and can dominate in both run and pass defenses.