Eagles take their game to turf tonight

By: SCOTT JOINER
The Central Catholic football team rose to No. 3 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A poll after its impressive start to the season.

Tonight they make a trip across Lake Pontchartrain to face Northlake Christian at 7 p.m.

The Wolverines won eight games last season but lost a lot to graduation, but they will still be a tough outing for the Eagles.

“Last year they wound up 8-3 and they kind of came on and put the schedule together and one of the board members is a Central Catholic graduate so he had their coach call and set this up,” CCHS coach David Fuhrer said. “I knew they were a AA school and a talented team the last few years in baseball and I knew they had some athletes and would be a good test for us. They seem to be a little down this year. They’re primarily a running team, they have a running back that’s a very physical hard-nosed back. They give him the ball a lot, so we’re going to have to concentrate on containing him.”

Northlake’s home field is made of synthetic turf, which will be a change of pace for CCHS.

The speed on the Eagles roster should have no problem on the surface.

“I’m trying to think if this is actually the first time we’ve played on turf,” Fuhrer said. “They have field turf. I know we played JV games at Nicholls, but this is our first varsity game on field turf that I can recall.”

Last week the Eagles starting quarterback Josh Singleton left the game early and didn’t return to the game. Luke Landry came in and led the team well to maintain the win over Berwick.

Singleton will be back tonight to pilot the high-flying Eagles offense.

“Josh (Singleton) is fine, he’s good,” Fuhrer said. “He just tweaked his leg a little bit. It was hurting him and it was precautionary. He’s fine. We’re looking forward to him playing and Luke (Landry) will probably get some snaps.”

Singleton has completed 29-of-53 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown and he’s run for 94 yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns so far this season against some tough teams. Lloyd Grogan leads the Eagles in rushing with 147 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns and Jovon Johnson has 74 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns.

The statistics might not be as gaudy as those of district foe Vermilion Catholic, but they have garnered the respect of sportswriters statewide with the No. 3 ranking.

Fuhrer said the ranking is nice, but not important at this stage.

“We’ve had the opportunity in the past to be ranked in the top 10, but I told the guys, we keep preaching it to them over and over — it’s not where we’re ranked now it’s how we finish the year. It’s great to be recognized, people look at the paper and see that we’re ranked No. 3. Very proud of that fact and that people recognize us and what we’re doing. But, we have to stay grounded. It’s not like the BCS, we have the playoff system.”

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