Eagles put road woes behind them with shutout win
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
LAFITTE — Two weeks ago, Central Catholic traveled to the New Orleans area and blew a late lead to Northlake Christian in their first defeat of the season.
Friday, the squad made a return trip to the New Orleans area, and this time, they made sure history didn’t repeat itself with a 40-0 thrashing of the Fisher Gators.
“We just wanted to prepare ourselves better,” CCHS quarterback Josh Singleton said of this week’s preparations. “We were physically prepared but we weren’t mentally prepared when we lost, but we got our stuff together and we bounced back with a win.”
CCHS coach David Fuhrer said his squad was focused for this week’s game.
“They came out ready to play and obviously it showed,” he said.
Singleton led the Eagles’ offensive assault, completing 18-of-20 pass attempts for 348 yards and five touchdowns. He also threw one interception.
The signal caller also led the CCHS ground game with five carries for 79 yards.
Singleton completed two touchdowns apiece to Tyler Hoffpauir and Dontrell Brown and another to Lloyd Grogan.
The junior quarterback’s big game was boosted by the Gators’ defensive game play — to take away the CCHS running game.
“They actually took all three backers and they blitzed almost every time so we took advantage with the short routes and those short routes ended up being big gains, so that really helped out for us,” Singleton said.
After stopping Fisher’s offense, which moved the ball down to the CCHS 15 on its opening drive of the game, the CCHS offense went to work.
The Eagles (5-1) moved 80 yards in six plays and capped a Singleton 5-yard touchdown pass to Hoffpauir with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter for a 7-0 CCHS lead.
Singleton found Hoffpauir again on the Eagles’ second offensive possession for another score, this time on a 29-yard scoring pass with 2:10 remaining for a 14-0 CCHS lead.
Hoffpauir finished the night with four receptions for 56 yards and a score.
CCHS quickly turned a Fisher turnover into points at the end of the first half when Singleton completed a pass to Brown, who then weaved his way through the Gators defense for a 37-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the first half clock.
Brown’s extra point failed, but CCHS went into halftime with a 20-0 lead.
Singleton tossed two more touchdown passes in the second half, one on the Eagles’ second possession on a 93-yard pass to Grogan with 5:03 left in the third quarter and on its next possession on a 28-yard pass to Brown for a 33-0 CCHS advantage with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Grogan led the CCHS receivers with five catches for 124 yards and a score, while Brown added four receptions for 100 yards and two scores.
“They just had too many weapons on the offense for us,” Fisher coach Greg Rawle said. “We couldn’t cover the whole field, and they can play the whole field offensively.”
CCHS’ backup quarterback Luke Landry capped the CCHS scoring outburst with a 31-yard run that included a spin move on his way to the end zone for a 40-0 CCHS lead with 8:35 remaining.
CCHS finished the night with 550 yards of offense (197 rushing and 353 passing) and 21 first downs.
“I think they got a legitimate shot to win it in single A,” Rawle said. “There’s no doubt about it.”
Despite giving up 16 first downs to Fisher (2-3) and its veer offense, the Eagles limited the Gators to 186 yards on offense, all on the ground.
Five of Fisher’s first downs, though, were via CCHS penalties.
The Eagles finished with seven penalties for 85 yards.
Fisher’s Zack Shelton led the Gators’ offense with 24 carries for 86 yards, while quarterback Tevyn Cagins rushed 15 times for 57 yards.
“That veer offense is very tough to defend,” Fuhrer said. “You got to play assignment football. (They were) a bunch of hard-nosed kids, and they came off the ball fast. (They had) a good quarterback (and) a good running back. Defense bent tonight but it didn’t break. (I) was just real proud of the way they played.”