Eagles look to rebound from first loss at homecoming
By: SCOTT JOINER
Last week the Northlake Christian win over Central Catholic caught many people by surprise with the Wolverines coming into the game winless.
The loss didn’t do too much to the Eagles in the LSWA polls as they dropped just two spots from No. 3 to No. 5.
The Wolverines had a running back that wasn’t suited up for the games CCHS had seen on film prior to the game, so he caught the Eagles’ defense by surprise.
“We didn’t play well and we played a team that was 0-3 and hungry for a win,” CCHS coach David Fuhrer said. “They played so much better than we had seen on film. I had a chance to watch them play live and the No. 25 (Mallery Mele) didn’t play the first week of the season, he was injured. So he came back and obviously was full strength against us. They had a good game plan against us. My hats off to their coaching staff and their players, they played very hard. We didn’t play to win; we played not to lose it. We just were not ourselves. We call it the Delcambre game from last year.”
This week has potential for numerous distractions with homecoming activities and, earlier in the week, it looked like the game might be moved to Patterson due to issues with the lights at Tiger Stadium.
Thursday the lights were fixed and shouldn’t be a problem like they were for Morgan City’s home game last week that ended up in Berwick for the last three quarters.
Fuhrer said the team and coaching staff are eager to get back on the field and right the ship after the one-point loss last week.
“We’re looking forward to getting back on the field and getting a chance to redeem ourselves,” Fuhrer said. “Of course we hate to lose. We had a good practice going into the game and I think the distractions, it was a long road trip and we got out of our routine. No excuses — they beat us. They took it to us and we’ll bounce back from it.”
Ascension Catholic is on the schedule tonight and they’ve been a regular opponent for the Eagles the past few seasons, so there is some familiarity.
In the season opener, ACHS lost to Hanson Memorial in a torrential downpour that came down to the last few minutes of play.
Fuhrer said they are better than their 2-2 record suggests and with two straight wins coming into the game, they have the potential to give CCHS a scare.
“We’ve been playing them the last few years. We know they’re going to be tough — they have a very good quarterback,” Fuhrer said. “They have some good running backs and defensive linemen, they’re not bad. I think they’re better than what their record shows. They played some very good teams early. I think they lost to Hanson in a rain storm, so we’re going to have to be on top of our game.”
Senior Erik Mabile agreed with Fuhrer’s assessment and expects a tough game for homecoming.
“I think we shouldn’t take Ascension lightly — for sure,” Mabile said. “They’re a pretty good team, but we’re going to get it done.”