All-around player

Cameron Blake (6) helps block during a kick return for New Iberia Senior High. The senior contributes on offense as a receiver and wildcat quarterback, as a defensive back and on special teams as a part of the return squad.

Wherever he’s needed, senior Cameron Blake sees action on the field for the New Iberia Senior High School football team.

One of the most experienced defensive backs on the team, Blake and fellow senior William Black are called upon to lead a young secondary group. Blake also gives the Yellow Jackets an offensive threat opposite speedy fellow receiver J’lon Ozenne.

NISH was concentrating its defense to stop Acadiana’s veer running attack so he played primarily on offense this past week.

“His role pretty much fluctuates to where we need him the most,” NISH head coach Rick Hutson said. “He was injured for the Westgate game but we were able to bring him back last week and we felt like we needed him more on offense than we did on defense. And the scheme we ran on defense, we added an extra down lineman and took out a defensive back out of the game, so it really played into our hands where we could use him more on offense.”

Blake, 17, had a nice catch on a deflected ball in the end zone for a touchdown, the lone score for the Yellow Jackets.

“It was a lot of concentration,” Blake said. “In my head I was like, ‘I’ve gotta catch this ball and put up points for our team’ to give us some energey, because we were kind of sluggish.”

“He made a heck of a catch last week on a deflected pass,” Hutson said. “It gives us an added dimension of speed. Really the fastest receiver we’ve got is J’lon right now, and so teams could kind of focus on that before we had Cam out there. Now we’ve got weapons on both sides of the ball so it makes it hard to double cover either one.”

Blake said he doesn’t have a preference for any particular spot and just enjoys being on the field doing whatever is needed.

“I don’t really have a favorite position,” he said. “I like playing them all, to be honest.”

“He’s on offense, he’s on defense, he’s our wildcat quarterback when we go with that,” Hutson said. “He’s got a great work ethic, and I know a lot of times we say that about all our good players, but he attended the most workouts during the summer, did all the extra stuff you could do, perfect attendance.

“And he’s got a great personality,” Hutson said. “He really cares about the team and he cares about his teammates, and he’s trying to make a difference as a leader.

Playing QB at times is fun, he said, though there is a downside — opposing teams know he’s likely to carry the ball in that situation.

“That’s a lot of fun,” he said. “The only thing I hate about it is the teams know what I’m about to do.”

“He’s just one of those guys who can make a big play at any time, and we don’t have a lot of those, so very valuable to us,” Hutson said.

If he’s needed on defense, he has experience there as well.

“He’s familiar with what we do coverage wise,” Hutson said. “He’s got more experience than a lot of our guys because he played seven games last year on defense.”

Making plays on defense is his favorite thing, the same as on offense.

“I like flying to the ball on defense and just making plays for the team to help us,” he said.

Regardless of whether he’s on offense, defense or special teams — Blake returned one kickoff and was on the return teams for the Jackets’ other kick returns as well — he just wants to play and be a leader.

“Wherever they need me, I’ll play it. It’s tiring but wherever they need me, I’ll play it,” Blake said. “The bonding with my teammates is what I enjoy the most, seeing them through the offseason and the summer, all the work we’ve been through, I like that.”

The Yellow Jackets (0-4 overall, 0-1 District 3-5A) travel to Lake Charles on Friday to face LaGrange (0-4, 0-1)

Blake said he and his fellow seniors take their leadership role seriously. That was a big reason he was at every workout opportunity in the offseason.

“That was one of my goals going into the summer, knowing this is my senior year and knowing I had to be a leader for the younger ones coming in,” he said. “For the rest of the season (our goals are to) just continue getting better, and hopefully we’ll start winning games, which I think we will because we’re practicing better, and just enjoy the rest of my senior year.

“We have a lot of leaders. A lot of us being starters last year we knew what to expect coming into this season.”

Wherever he’s needed, senior Cameron Blake sees action on the field for the New Iberia Senior High School football team.

One of the most experienced defensive backs on the team, Blake and fellow senior William Black are called upon to lead a young secondary group. Blake also gives the Yellow Jackets an offensive threat opposite speedy fellow receiver J’lon Ozenne.

NISH was concentrating its defense to stop Acadiana’s veer running attack so he played primarily on offense this past week.

“His role pretty much fluctuates to where we need him the most,” NISH head coach Rick Hutson said. “He was injured for the Westgate game but we were able to bring him back last week and we felt like we needed him more on offense than we did on defense. And the scheme we ran on defense, we added an extra down lineman and took out a defensive back out of the game, so it really played into our hands where we could use him more on offense.”

Blake, 17, had a nice catch on a deflected ball in the end zone for a touchdown, the lone score for the Yellow Jackets.

“It was a lot of concentration,” Blake said. “In my head I was like, ‘I’ve gotta catch this ball and put up points for our team’ to give us some energey, because we were kind of sluggish.”

“He made a heck of a catch last week on a deflected pass,” Hutson said. “It gives us an added dimension of speed. Really the fastest receiver we’ve got is J’lon right now, and so teams could kind of focus on that before we had Cam out there. Now we’ve got weapons on both sides of the ball so it makes it hard to double cover either one.”

Blake said he doesn’t have a preference for any particular spot and just enjoys being on the field doing whatever is needed.

“I don’t really have a favorite position,” he said. “I like playing them all, to be honest.”

“He’s on offense, he’s on defense, he’s our wildcat quarterback when we go with that,” Hutson said. “He’s got a great work ethic, and I know a lot of times we say that about all our good players, but he attended the most workouts during the summer, did all the extra stuff you could do, perfect attendance.

“And he’s got a great personality,” Hutson said. “He really cares about the team and he cares about his teammates, and he’s trying to make a difference as a leader.

Playing QB at times is fun, he said, though there is a downside — opposing teams know he’s likely to carry the ball in that situation.

“That’s a lot of fun,” he said. “The only thing I hate about it is the teams know what I’m about to do.”

“He’s just one of those guys who can make a big play at any time, and we don’t have a lot of those, so very valuable to us,” Hutson said.

If he’s needed on defense, he has experience there as well.

“He’s familiar with what we do coverage wise,” Hutson said. “He’s got more experience than a lot of our guys because he played seven games last year on defense.”

Making plays on defense is his favorite thing, the same as on offense.

“I like flying to the ball on defense and just making plays for the team to help us,” he said.

Regardless of whether he’s on offense, defense or special teams — Blake returned one kickoff and was on the return teams for the Jackets’ other kick returns as well — he just wants to play and be a leader.

“Wherever they need me, I’ll play it. It’s tiring but wherever they need me, I’ll play it,” Blake said. “The bonding with my teammates is what I enjoy the most, seeing them through the offseason and the summer, all the work we’ve been through, I like that.”

The Yellow Jackets (0-4 overall, 0-1 District 3-5A) travel to Lake Charles on Friday to face LaGrange (0-4, 0-1)

Blake said he and his fellow seniors take their leadership role seriously. That was a big reason he was at every workout opportunity in the offseason.

“That was one of my goals going into the summer, knowing this is my senior year and knowing I had to be a leader for the younger ones coming in,” he said. “For the rest of the season (our goals are to) just continue getting better, and hopefully we’ll start winning games, which I think we will because we’re practicing better, and just enjoy the rest of my senior year.

“We have a lot of leaders. A lot of us being starters last year we knew what to expect coming into this season.”

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