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Jonathan Menard -   Oct 18, 2007

Molton continues to shine for Wildcats

Destrehan wide receiver Tim Molton has been making big plays throughout his high school career.

Just last week, the senior caught seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team past St. Amant. He hopes to continue that success next year when he joins LSU as a member of their 2008 signing class.

But before he steps foot onto the Baton Rouge campus next fall, Molton still has one goal left to accomplish this season.

"We just have one goal here and that's winning a 5A championship," Molton said. "That's my goal. I would like to make all-district, all-state and stuff like that, but I just have one goal for the team."

Molton began playing football when he was five at the request of an uncle, who was a football coach.
Molton says that since everyone in his family played the sport, he was able to pick it up quickly. Because of his competitive nature, playing the sport soon took on another meaning when he advanced to high school.

"I'm very competitive," Molton said. "Football is fun to me and it lets me compete with other people."

Molton has started for the Wildcats for the past two years, and racked up 608 yards last year in a junior campaign that saw him average close to 17 yards per catch.

He is on pace to better that total this year because of the improvements he has made over the course of his high school career.

"I've improved in size, foot work, hands, and speed," Motlon said. "Basically every part of the game."

And it is those tools that allow the rangy receiver to get open down field, like he was able to do on numerous occasions last week.

"The cornerback that was out there wasn't as good as the ones from some of the other teams and I was able to beat him," Molton said. "I just got open a lot."

Because of that, Molton was able to keep his team undefeated at 7-0, but he still says there is plenty of room for team improvement.

"I don't think we are at the level we should be on, but I think we can pick it up," Molton said. "As the weeks go on, I think we can take care of that."

-Jonathan Menard, Editor

Johnson tackles his way to another win

For the second time this year, Hahnville's Reggie Johnson helped his team to a win by recording seven tackles. He also managed to record his first touchdown of the year.

"This game was really a piece of cake," Johnson said. "It's only because the game plan worked and everyone did their job."

But that's not new to Johnson, one of the leaders of a Tiger defensive unit that just might be the best in the state. The linebacker has been starting since his sophomore year and is used to the pressure that a district game can bring.

"I don't think I'd ever been that excited in my whole life," Johnson said of getting the chance to start for the first time his sophomore year. "Here I was expecting to be reprimanded for being late to practice and Coach (Lou) Valdin pulls me to the side and tells me that I'm going to be a varsity starter."

Now, as a senior, Johnson is interested in keeping his football career going next year, as he has been talking to a recruiter from Ole Miss. Still, if that dream never materializes, Johnson still has another waiting in the wings.

"After school though, I'd like to become an architect," he said.

Johnson, who only began playing football in the eighth grade, is a huge Green Bay Packer's fan and now hopes to make it to the playoffs to avenge the Tigers only loss of the season so far, a 31-24 double-overtime defeat dealt by the hands of Destrehan.

And while Johnson doesn't remember exactly why he began to play football in the first place, he knows why it's something he has kept on doing for the past four years.

"I have to say, without a doubt, the reason I keep playing is because of the adrenaline rush from the crowd," he said. "The first time I heard those 30 to 40 fans at my middle school game, I was hooked.

“Though hearing the middle school fans was nothing compared to coming out of the tunnel now. I just get a huge rush knowing others support me."

-Nika Kliebert, Intern

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