Eagles post second straight shutout in district opener
By: SCOTT JOINER
It took all of 11 plays for the Central Catholic football team to put up 41 points in the first half as they coasted to a 48-0 win over Ascension Episcopal at Tiger Stadium on Thursday.
The intensity was apparent early on as the offense clicked with ferocious blocking and the defense put AES quarterbacks Heath Hedley and Jaz Dalcourt under constant pressure.
“We’ve been talking to the kids about starting fast and coming out of the box and play hard and not take anybody for granted, not take anybody lightly,” CCHS coach David Fuhrer said. “That’s what they did. I think we had 11 offensive plays by halftime.”
Lloyd Grogan scored three of the first four touchdowns and looked to be on a casual jog on a few of them against an overmatched Blue Gators (4-2, 1-1) squad.
Grogan’s first score came on a 62-yard pass from Josh Singleton. He scored again on the Eagles’ fourth play on a 22-yard run up the middle with no defensive player getting more than a handful of his jersey.
Jovon Johnson got it in on the early scoring barrage with a 48-yard run around the left side of the offensive line for the Eagles’ (6-1, 1-0) third touchdown in five plays.
On the last drive of the first quarter, Grogan struck again and showed patience with a stutter step at the line to allow a hole to open and, when it did, he burst through the line for 24 yards to put the Eagles up 28-0.
Josh Singleton tossed two more touchdown passes in the second quarter, starting with an 83-yard pass to Dontrell Brown on the outside. Brown was able to get past the defense for a clear path to the end zone.
Singleton’s last toss of the game was a lofted pass to Tyler Hoffpauir for 88 yards to put the Eagles up 41-0.
Ascension Episcopal’s most promising scoring opportunity came on a field goal attempt of 19 yards but Brown charged from the right side of the defense and got a clean block on the attempt and recovered the ball at the 28-yard line.
“Before the play happened, me and Lloyd were telling each other we were going to get it,” Brown said. “When we went through, the dude didn’t touch either one of us. It was just easy to get to the ball.”
Central Catholic’s touchdowns in the first half came on plays of 20 yards or more as the entire offense got in on the big-play act in the first half.
“We were just trying to mix it up and do some different stuff,” Fuhrer said. “It just worked out.”
The Blue Gators had a scoring opportunity before the half with Joey Greco breaking free for a 35-yard run that looked destined for the end zone before Luke Landry caught up to the sophomore to make the tackle.
Landry took over at quarterback in the second half and played well with the experience from last season paying divi-dends.
Landry scored the only touchdown of the second half on a five-yard run set up by play action that gave him time to scramble and find the end zone.
“We’re very comfortable with Luke,” Fuhrer said. “He’s valuable to us on the defensive side of the ball. I have all the con-fidence in the world in getting him in on offense. He can run the offense.”
The Eagles will continue District 8-1A play next week on the road against Gueydan.