CCHS will host Hanson
By GEOFF STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — It’s rivalry week at Central Catholic as the Eagles will host District 8-1A foe Hanson Memorial Friday at Tiger Stadium.
“Our kids get up for it every year … It’s definitely a different week than any other,” said CCHS coach David Fuhrer, who is a Hanson graduate and one of multiple CCHS coaches with Hanson ties. “I think (they’re) ready to play.”
The Eagles (5-3 overall, 2-0 in District 8-1A) will return to the gridiron a week after routing Gueydan, 41-0, in a game that Gueydan Principal Luddy Herpin and head football coach Jay Landry requested be called after a half due to mounting injuries and illness on a Gueydan squad already low in numbers.
CCHS Principal Vic Bonnaffee and Fuhrer agreed, and the game was called.
According to Louisiana High School Athletic Association rules, the contest still counts as a CCHS win.
In the shortened contest, CCHS put up mindboggling stats, led by quarterback Luke Landry’s performance. The senior signal caller rushed five times for 125 yards and scored three touchdowns while completing seven of 10 passes for 136 yards and three more scores.
Josh Singleton added two rushes for 42 yards and a score, and Josh Protti had four totes for 40 yards in the win.
In all, the Eagles rushed the ball just 11 times for 207 yards. Four of those rushes were for touchdowns.
Hoffpauir led the CCHS receivers with 74 yards on two catches, both scores, while Stefano Guarisco caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown.
CCHS finished the half of football with 343 total yards, while limiting Gueydan to 90, all on the ground, on 21 carries.
Gueydan stud running back Trevor Derouen was held to 30 yards on nine carries.
The Eagles will try to continue their dominance this week when they face a Hanson (3-5, 1-1) squad that is run heavy.
The squad is led by running back Collin Broussard, who Fuhrer said is a “strong runner” with speed.
While he is the main offensive threat, the squad also features running back Drake Businelle, who lines up in the slot, and Royce Norton, a wide receiver who also will carry the ball at time for the Tigers.
“I just kind of expect them to try to keep the ball away from us and use their ground game … and eat up some clock,” Fuhrer said of the Hanson offense, which is based out of a spread but features multiple formations.
The Tigers’ signal caller, Drake Rodriguez, has come along after returning from an earlier season injury, Fuhrer said.
“It seems like Rodrigues is throwing the ball a little bit better the past few weeks,” the CCHS coach said.
Rodriguez completed 5 of 6 passes for 42 yards and a score in last week’s 42-32 win against Ascension Episcopal.
On the ground, Businelle rushed 11 times for 146 yards and a score, while Broussard rushed 10 times for 147 yards and three scores. Broussard also caught another touchdown on a 28-yard reception.
As for what Hanson will present on defense for the Eagles, Fuhrer said Hanson also is multiple on defense.
“They’ve shown multiple defensive sets, so we prepare for anything,” Fuhrer said.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m.
The game will be carried by both KBZE 105.9 FM and KFRA 1390 AM. Pregame for each is set for 6:45 p.m.