By DAVE WOODALL
Slidell sports writer
SLIDELL — Pope John Paul II Catholic High School seniors, Tyler Blakeman and Connor Maples, both signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Wildcats of Louisiana College. Both are four-year football lettermen at PJP.
The two contributed to a successful season as the Jaguars finished
with an overall record of 4-6, and 4-2 in league action. Their district play earned them a second place finish out of nine teams.
Blakeman has played both quarterback and wide receiver during his
years at PJP, and Maples has played running back and defensive back for the Jaguars.
Head football coach, Brett Bonnaffons commented on Blakeman’s signing.
“I think it’s an excellent opportunity for Tyler. He was set back during his senior year with an injury, so I think the opportunity for him to continue his football career is great. Tyler is an incredibly athletic player, and I know the coaches at Louisiana College will be excited to have that kind of athleticism on their team.”
Bonnaffons also had nothing but good things to say on Maple’s signing.
“Connor will be used as a Swiss army knife for the Wildcats. During his senior year, we put him in as many positions as we could because of his knowledge of the game and his athletic ability. He won the Lester Latino award (which is awarded to the defensive player of the year), and I believe he will be a heck of a running back in college.”
Both Blakeman and Maples thanked their parents, family, teammates, and all their coaches on the encouragement they received throughout their careers.
When asked about their goals for the next four years, Blakeman answered saying, “My biggest goal for the next four years is to see my new team succeed. Of course I want to succeed too, but I want to do everything I can to help make these next four years great. Right now I am undecided on my major but I have a few different career paths that I am considering.”
Maples answered, “I have two goals that I am setting for myself when I get to Louisiana College. I would like to walk in the door and be able to contribute immediately to the Wildcat football team and would like to obtain my degree in Pre-Physical Therapy / Kinesiology in four years.”