Ascension Catholic football finds lightning in a bottle

Troy LeBoeuf
Ascension Catholic senior Kaleb Winchester. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The term "lightning in a bottle" is often used to describe a small but quick player. The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs will unveil their version for the 2015 football season.

Senior Kaleb Winchester, who stands at 5-foot-5, 145 pounds, returns to lead the Bulldogs’ spread offense.

Winchester will operate primarily from the slot position for head coach Drey Trosclair.

Winchester produced nearly 1,000 yards of total offense last year with eight touchdowns.

“Kaleb will be very important for our offense. He has matured light years from last season and has shown leadership,” said Trosclair. “We are expecting big things from Kaleb on offense, defense and special teams."

Winchester, who admittedly loves basketball and has scored over 1,500 points in his three seasons, will play cornerback and will be one of the Bulldogs' threats in the return game.

Winchester and the Bulldogs open the season hosting Houma Christian for the

Ascension Catholic Jamboree on Aug. 28.

Winchester has played AAU basketball for several summers but seemed to enjoy working in the weight room, conditioning and participating in seven-on-seven with his teammates.

The Bulldogs went 8-3 last season under Doug Moreau and lost to Madison Prep in the first round of the Division-IV Select Playoffs.

ACHS lost 14 seniors from that team, including several players that started four years.

The Bulldogs ran the veer offense, and Winchester played wing and receiver last season.

“Moving to the spread will give players like Kaleb a chance to catch the ball in space and use his quickness,” said Trosclair.

The Bulldogs return four starters on both sides of the ball and will rely on several new faces this season.

One of those players is Winchester, and maybe Bulldog fans will get to see what

“lightning in a bottle” means.