Eagles prep for E.D. White Cardinals
By GEOFF STOUTE
Central Catholic may be hitting the road for the first time this season on Friday, but the competition still will not be any easier as the squad will face its third consecutive opponent in a higher classification when it takes on Class 3A E.D. White.
Central Catholic also is still looking for its first win after falling to Class 2A Loreauville in its season opener, 19-13; and Class 3A Lusher Charter a week ago, 34-26.
In last week’s game, the Eagles surrendered the game winning touchdown with five seconds to play.
While his team has competed well and he said they are just a couple plays from being 2-0, Central Catholic coach David Fuhrer also noted that his team has made mistakes that need to be corrected.
“I guess the silver lining is we really haven’t played well,” Fuhrer said.
Despite the mistakes, Fuhrer said his squad has made strides in the first two weeks of the season.
The squad’s latest test is E.D. White (1-1), who will host the Eagles on their new turf field that has been installed at Yockey Bernard Field at Harvey Peltier Stadium on the E.D. White campus.
As for what the Eagles have to stop, Fuhrer said it would be the Cardinals’ running game, which features Darius Charles.
Fuhrer said Charles “is a good looking football player” who “runs hard.”
On defense, Fuhrer said the Cardinals are aggressive.
“They’re a good football team … (It’s) another big task for us,” he said.
While both teams will be playing on the Cardinals’ new turf field, Fuhrer said he is more concerned about his opponent than about the playing surface, noting that his squad has played on turf before at Fisher High School, Ascension Episcopal and Northlake Christian.
“I don’t think that makes that much of a difference,” he said of the playing surface.
Fuhrer said the Eagles will welcome back Collin Conner and Tyler Hoffpauir, who both sat out the Lusher Charter contest due to injuries.
Hoffpauir, the Eagles’ most experienced receiver, started the season with a 12-catch, 85-yard performance against Loreauville.
Other top offensive leaders for the Eagles include Stefano Guarisco, who has rushed 40 times for 197 yards and four touchdowns and caught seven passes for 74 yards and a score; and Nick Case, who has completed 24 of 45 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
Friday’s kickoff is set for 7 p.m.