CCHS will face Lusher Charter
By GEOFF STOUTE
Central Catholic’s Week 2 opponent, Lusher Charter, may not be a household name on the football field, but at least one of their players is garnering some serious college attention.
When the two teams meet Friday at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium, the Eagles will have their eyes on Lusher wide receiver Keyan Williams, who played quarterback a year ago and also plays on defense.
While according to a preview on NOLA.com Williams could see some time at quarterback, Central Catholic head coach David Fuhrer said he hasn’t seen him line up at quarterback this year.
“I wouldn’t doubt he’d play quarterback if he needed to,” Fuhrer said.
He has, though, lined up there a year ago on film Central Catholic has on one of Lusher’s opponents, Fisher High School.
Among Williams’ college offers are Boise State, San Diego State, Tulane, Texas A&M, Cal, Utah, Missouri, Arizona, Houston and Louisiana Tech. He is being recruited as an athlete, Fuhrer said.
Offensively, Lusher returns 11 of 12 starters from a team that advanced to the Class 3A postseason before falling in the first round to Eunice.
The only missing starter from a year ago is on the offensive line.
“Just from the film we’ve got, they (are) pretty good,” Fuhrer said. “They got a good fullback, good size on the other side. They’re not a bad football team.”
Fuhrer said Lusher, a Class 3A school from New Orleans, likes to run the ball from the I-formation.
“They like to run the ball and they do get in a spread set, and they’ll throw the ball, especially with Williams at receiver,” Fuhrer said.
On defense, Lusher returns five starters. Williams plays cornerback on defense and he also is listed as a kick returner in NOLA.com’s preseason publication.
Fuhrer said the Lusher defense is aggressive and uses a 40 front.
While Lusher may not be a household name among football schools, Fuhrer said he is confident his team is not overlooking them.
“We’re trying to improve ourselves,” Fuhrer said. “We didn’t play a very good first half last week, played a little bit better second half. We just want to continue to get better and right now we have to worry about ourselves and not so much the opponent. I think we got a good scouting report on them and the kids know what they’re doing. They’ve seen the film. They’re not looking past them, I don’t believe. We got to play better this week.”
A week ago, Central Catholic spotted Loreauville a 19-0 halftime lead before rallying in the second half but coming up short 19-13.
“We just didn’t execute,” Fuhrer said of the first half. “We made some mistakes.”
One positive for the Eagles was holding Loreauville’s rushing attack to under 100 yards.
While Fuhrer said long touchdowns took away some of Loreauville’s offensive plays, he did say that the run defense did play better after surrendering more than 300 yards in the jamboree to Covenant Christian.
“Coach (Larry) Lombardo did a great job of getting them ready for that, and hopefully it continues this week because they (Lusher) got two good backs,” Fuhrer said.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is 7 p.m.
Additional reporting by www.nola.com