Larose has its purple and gold ready for the big game.

The Lafourche Parish town is where Coach O grew up.

Larose attorney and longtime friend of Orgeron Henry LaFont says there is a surreal feeling in the town following his long path to get to the helm of LSU’s football program and at the doorstep of a championship.

“There is nobody that has more dedication, there’s nobody that works harder.

You see that he bleeds purple and gold.

We all knew that this could happen one day, we just didn’t know that it could happen this quick,” said LaFont.

Coach O took over the team on an interim basis in 2016 before being named the permanent head coach.

In the time since LaFont says he has been most impressed with the way he has treated his players and his staff.

“If you ever listen to Coach Orgeron speak, it’s never about him, it’s about his players and his staff and I think they understand that and they realize he comes second to them,” said LaFont.

LSU has played for a national championship before, but LaFont says having Coach O be a hometown boy adds something special to the situation.

“To know that someone that grew up in our area, in our parish, in our hometown, is leading the state team, the LSU Tigers, it’s unbelievable,” said Lafont.