Eagles wrap up non-district play with trip to Fisher

By: SCOTT JOINER
Central Catholic has its bye in District 8-1A this week and filled the schedule with Class 2A Fisher and a trip to Lafitte.

“We happened to have our bye week in district and it was hard to find an opponent,” CCHS coach David Fuhrer said. “I placed it on the LHSAA bulletin board and the guy called me. I just know a little bit about them from previous years. They run the veer, which is a challenge for defensive coordinators to prepare to get teams ready for. They’re not an overly big team. They play aggressive, hard-nosed kids. I think it’s a challenge for us to take that ride and get there and be focused to play. They’re a quality opponent.”

The road trip should be about the same distance as the Northlake Christian trip in week four.

“It’s about the same thing with the logistics of where they’re located finding a place to eat and things like that,” Fuhrer said. “For the most part everything is the same. We didn’t change a whole lot, but the kids will be ready to play.”

After tonight, the Eagles will begin district play against Ascension Episcopal at home, but Fuhrer is confident that his team will be focused on Fisher (2-2).

“No I really don’t think so, they learned their lesson, not only them but myself,” Fuhrer said. “We maybe didn’t overlook Northlake Christian, but may not have given them enough credit. They were a different ball club with Mallery Mele; he was hurt earlier in the year. He played sparingly and wasn’t to full strength, but when they played us he was at full strength and you could tell they rallied around him and fed off of him. That game, hopefully, was an eye opener for us. I really do believe we’ll have a new mindset.”

The routine has remained the same for CCHS (4-1) and Fuhrer said they don’t have any glaring issues to work on before district, it’s just a matter of staying consistent each week and executing the game plan.

“I tell the kids its not who we play it’s what we do, we just need to take care of the little things,” Fuhrer said. “Penalties, lining up correctly, catch the football and defensively line up correctly and do our assignments. We’re just going to do what we do. … Even after the loss to Northlake Christian everything is the same. We’re just trying to get some continuity on down the road and how the season progresses.”

Last week against Ascension Catholic, the Eagles lost starting tight end Conner LeBlanc to an injury and he will be out of the lineup tonight.

LeBlanc was named first team All-St. Mary Parish on offense during the preseason, so his presence will be missed.

“Conner is going to be out for a while,” Fuhrer said. “That’s a big loss for us. He was out there on offense, defense and special teams. He was on every special team. Lamar Grogan is our other tight end; we also have Garrett Topham. We’re going to try a two tight end set and possibly Erik Mabile will fill in there too.”

On defense, the Eagles will have several players rotating into LeBlanc’s position against an offense that has racked up 879 yards on the ground out of the veer.

“I think they’re focused and really ready to play — we’re looking forward to it,” Fuhrer said.

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