Eagles take on Derouen-led Gueydan on the road
By: SCOTT JOINER
Central Catholic will hit the road tonight for the second game of District 8-1A play against Gueydan.
The Bears are down this year and nearly had to shutdown the football program during the summer, but they’ve scored 20 points or more in four games this season so they are a capable team.
“These guys, a couple years ago they were district champs,” CCHS coach David Fuhrer said. “They had some really good running backs. One of those running backs is back, he’s been there for a long time — Trevor Derouen. He’s a junior this year and is a heck of an athlete, he’s a guy we’ve got to watch.”
Derouen is the second ranked running back in the district with 85 carries for 686 yards and four touchdowns. Jacoby Davis from Vermilion Catholic is the top runner in the district with 91 carries for 1,150 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Gueydan’s roster is young and inexperienced outside of Derouen, but don’t expect the Eagles to overlook them after its only loss of the season came on the road to, at the time, a winless Northlake Christian (3-4).
“I think (Gueydan) is down overall,” Fuhrer said. “They’re playing a lot of young kids. In fact, from what their coaches told me, they almost had to drop football in the summer — they didn’t have enough kids. Right before school started they got kids to come out. … It’s kind of like a rebuilding time for them.”
The offense and defense the Eagles have seen the past few years remains the same so there shouldn’t be any surprises on either side of the ball for CCHS.
“It’s a matter of playing assignment football and the defense has to stop Derouen,” Fuhrer said. “On offense we need to just execute our offense and our game plan and we’ll be OK.”
The Eagles got a rare late season boost of depth on the roster last week with transfer David Brown joining the team.
He enrolled in school during the first week of the football season and was declared eligible by the Louisiana High School Athletics Association prior to last week’s game against Ascension Episcopal.
Brown jumped right in against AES and will be a good addition on defense and possibly on the offensive line in the final stretch of the season.
“He’s a big kid with great feet,” Fuhrer said. “I definitely think he’s an asset to us and he’ll get some reps on the defense line. We’ll work him in on offensive line where it’s needed, but right now he’s not a bad defensive lineman and that’s where we need some depth.”
The Eagles have three games remaining in the regular season with rival Hanson Memorial next week and a potential district title showdown with Vermilion Catholic at home in the last game of the season.
Fuhrer said they are working towards playing their best football at the end of the season and into the playoffs. Last week’s 11 plays in the first half for 41 points was impressive, but the Eagles’ coach said there is still room for improvement.
“I don’t think we’ve really played a perfect game, I guess,” Fuhrer said. “You strive for perfection on each play and we’re still making some mistakes, correctable mistakes. As long as we keep moving towards trying to get better and eliminating some of our mistakes, I think we’re working to that point (where we’re peaking at the right time.)”