Demarcus Singleton and her family had to make a major decision after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana on August 29, 2021.
The running back from Thibodaux High moved to Houston after the Category 4 storm caused damage to his home, including roof damage, shattered windows and mold inside.
The hurricane delayed the 2021-22 school year and the football season by several weeks in the regions of Houma and Thibodaux. With his freshman year of football in doubt, Singleton opted to stay in Houston and play at Aldine MacArthur High School, which he said was difficult as his heart still belonged to his Thibodaux teammates.
“It was tough,” Singleton said. “I missed my brothers at home.”
Singleton, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back who also doubles as a slot receiver and kick returner, played five games for Aldine MacArthur, finishing with over 500 yards and six touchdowns. . He was named honorable mention to the District 14-6A team.
When his family moved into a new home, Singleton moved to Thibodaux in December and played basketball and ran track. He is now set to play his final year of football at Thibodaux this fall.
“I’m really happy to be back home,” Singleton said. “I wouldn’t have felt comfortable graduating anywhere else. I never intended to stay there. It was a temporary move because of the storm. I always knew I was coming home.
Singleton said things have improved for his family since returning to Thibodaux.
“It’s back to normal,” Singleton said. “Everything is back fixed. It feels good to just be back. I enjoyed Texas but it’s not like home, especially the food.
Thibodaux’s football manager Chris Dugas said he was happy to have his starting running back.
“It was good to see him again,” Dugas said. “He’s definitely going to be an integral part of our attack. He had a very good spring.
Singleton compiled more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore at Thibodaux. It has an offer from Nicholls as well as interest from other state colleges.
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Dugas said Singleton improved areas of his game. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash and increased his strength.
“He picked up where he left off and he’s even better,” Dugas said. “He had a great track season with (Thibodaux’s assistant coach) Steve Alcorn. His speed has increased and he might have a few breakaways. He has a lot to bring to the table. We can be creative with it. We’re going to line him up all over the pitch and try to hit him in different ways.
Singleton said playing football in Texas was a great experience, which he described as a level above Louisiana.
“I can’t wait to show off the new things I’ve learned playing 6A football in Texas,” Singleton said. “It’s a big difference. I was playing in college-sized stadiums and against really big defensive ends and linebackers. I learned when to use certain cuts, how to be patient and how to use my offensive linemen. It prepared me a lot. »
Singleton said he also learned important life lessons while away from home.
“Always be ready for change and to adapt to things you have no control over, and to make the most of any situation that comes your way,” Singleton said.
Contact Chris Singleton at 985-857-2213 or [email protected] and on Twitter @courierchris.