Destrehan Defensive Player of the Year: Macon Clark, senior safety. Clark was the Tyrann Mathieu of the Wildcats, a do-it-all playmaker who could line up at safety, cornerback, linebacker or rush end on any given play.
“He’s a physical kid who loves to hit. He’s extremely violent, a very physical kid who loves the game of football,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “For that position, for us in that 50 defense, you have to have that type of kid. He’s the perfect body type for that position.”
When the season came to a close, Clark tallied 70.5 tackles in his 12 games of action, 58 solo and 25 assisted. He sacked quarterbacks four times, intercepted one pass, blocked a kick, forced two fumbles. He scored three touchdowns on the season, one on an interception return and two on blocked kicks. If counting the preseason jamboree against Lutcher, he could add another interception return for a score to his total.
“He’s such a versatile athlete, plays on the line of scrimmage and then when you need him to, he can go play out on the hash,” said Robicheaux. “He plays our ‘cat’ position, which is a position that’s really important in our 50 defense. It’s a situation where they run away from the numbers on the strong side and you need to have a man on the weakside to make the play. He did a tremendous job for us.”
Clark signed with Tulane last week as the early collegiate signing period began, and Robicheaux thinks the Wave got a steal.
“You can tell he’s a tremendous athlete the way he blocked and ran kicks back for touchdowns, interceptions for touchdowns … when we needed a big play, he was able to make a big play,” Robicheaux said. “He’s physical and I think they see the upside in him. He can put 20 pounds on and be a really big safety, six foot, 200 pounds. He has a real nose for the ball and doesn’t shy from contact. I think Tulane’s getting a real good player who can be special.”