Gauthier keyto Ram ‘D’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 17, 2009

West St. John always seems to boast a respected defensive team, one of the top units in Class 1A. That’s again true in 2009, and Chris Gauthier is one of the reasons why.

The Rams’ senior cornerback is entrusted by West St. John coach Robert Valdez to routinely go against the opposition’s top wide receiver, one on one. More often than not, Gauthier wins his battles.

“We look to him as a lockdown corner,” said Valdez. “We put him out there, and either he’s going to go get it, or they will. But we like his odds. He’s very talented.”

Valdez points to his consistency as a key reason why he’s entrusted him to cover top level receivers like St. James’ Alonzo Lewis and West Jefferson’s Glenn Coleman.

“He’s steady. Chris is like a glass of wine,” said Valdez. “He’s real smooth, but he’ll sneak up on you. He won’t make many mistakes.

“He’s definitely a kid you want to coach. I foresee that he’ll become a real success story.”

What do you enjoy most about playing football? I enjoy making plays for my team and just having fun.

What do you like best about being a student-athlete? It’s great because I realize that I can’t just play sports and I need an education to fall back on.

Do you feel an added responsibility of being a role model as a student-athlete? Not at all, because I feel that I was born to be a leader and I’d like to have a positive effect on someone’s life.

Most memorable game? My ninth grade year, when I caught my first interception.

Who has been the most influential person in your school sports career? Coach Davis because he set an example on my life how to be an positive young man on and off the field.

Who is your favorite athlete? Peyton Manning because he tries to outwork everyone.

Favorite team? Florida Gators

Favorite School subject? Science

Plans after high school/college major? I plan on attending Tulane University and majoring in physical therapy.

Favorite movie/TV show/actor-actress? Movie: Paid in Full TV show: Anything on ESPN. Actor: Mike Epps.

Favorite type of music? Rap

Favorite food? Tacos

Best vacation? When I went to Texas, I really enjoyed spending time with my family and seeing new things.

Best thing about living in St. John Parish? That it is an small community and everyone cares about each other.

Hobbies: My favorite hobbies are working out and clowning with friends.

Parents: Shawn Gauthier and Michael Bethencourt.