CCHS will begin district play
By GEOFF STOUTE
Central Catholic opens District 8-1A play Friday on the road against Ascension Episcopal.
The Eagles (3-3) come into the game following a big 50-7 victory against Fisher High in their last non-district action of the season.
Ascension Episcopal has struggled this season as it enters Friday’s contest at Clark Field in Lafayette with an 0-5 mark.
While the Blue Gators have struggled to score points for much of the season, the squad exploded for 36 points in a 46-36 loss to Gueydan in its District 8-1A opener last week.
Ascension Episcopal runs the Wing T on offense, and while they may not have a lot of size, CCHS coach David Fuhrer said they are disciplined.
The Blue Gators offense has some of its more experienced players, while they are younger on defense, Fuhrer said, although some offensive players do play defense.
The Blue Gators are expected to run a “30” defense against CCHS, something they have done in years past when the two have met.
“They’re going to play hard,” Fuhrer said of his opponent.
In its win against Fisher, CCHS continued its offensive productivity, while its defense was stingy.
CCHS quarterback Luke Landry completed 16 of 21 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw one interception.
Dontrell Brown caught Landry’s three touchdown passes as he finished the evening with five catches for 113 yards.
Tyler Hoffpauir also had a solid game as he caught five passes for 82 yards and a score.
Even the backups made their mark as quarterback Bryson Barbier completed 6 of 9 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns, one of those on a 41-yard strike to Austin Autin.
On defense, the Eagles did not give up a Fisher first down until the third quarter, while the squad limited its visitors from Lafitte to 68 yards of total offense, all rushing.
CCHS also got contributions from special teams as sophomore place kicker Matthew Barbier connected on a 27-yard field goal, while one of his kicks sailed to the Fisher 5 yard line over the Fisher return men that they had to run back and fetch.
While the Eagles have some players who are battling illness right now, Fuhrer expects them to be healthy come Friday.
The Eagles also will welcome back Sage Thibodaux, who was sidelined during the Ascension Catholic game with an injury, as well as Garrett Topham, who has been sidelined since the Eagles’ week 2 matchup against White Castle, Fuhrer said.
The Eagles coach said the squad will be without offensive linemen C.J. Laiche this week, who was injured during the Eagles matchup with Fisher.
Friday’s game will begin at 7 p.m.