CCHS will meet St. Martin’s
Central Catholic’s Nick Case fights for yardage as he is taken down during the Eagles’ contest against Lafayette Christian earlier this season. The Eagles, the No. 16 seed, will host St. Martin’s Episcopal, the No. 17 seed, at 7 p.m. Friday. (The Daily Review/Valerie LeBlanc)
The Central Catholic Eagles will open the Division 4 (Class 1A) postseason Friday against St. Martin’s Friday.
Central Catholic enters the playoffs in Class 1A’s select bracket as the No. 16 seed, while St. Martin’s is the No. 17 seed.
Just as their seeding indicates, both have many things in common as they have both lost to Metairie Park Country Day and Lusher Charter this season, while they both run spread offense but utilize the I-formation as well.
They also both have played opponents in higher classifications earlier in the season where they struggled before rebounding late in the season in district play.
While Central Catholic began the season 0-5, they won four out of their next five to finish the season 4-6.
St. Martin’s began the season 0-3 but won five of its next seven to conclude the regular season 5-5.
Even their average points scored and surrendered are similar. Central Catholic scores 26.6 per contest and surrenders 25.6 a game, while St. Martin’s puts up 28.5 points per game and gives up 28.6 a contest.
Central Catholic head coach David Fuhrer said the common opponents between the Eagles and St. Martin’s have helped the Eagles’ coaching staff to gauge St. Martin’s Episcopal but it was “hard to judge them.”
However, Fuhrer said he feels good about his teams’ chances.
“If we just take care of our business and do what we got to do, I think we’ll be alright,” Fuhrer said. “We got to concentrate on that game and not look ahead. The guys know the importance of it, the finality that we’d be one and done. They’re going to come in here and play. I know they’re going to play hard.”
According to what the Eagles have gathered on St. Martin’s, the squad features quarterback Desmond McGovern (6’2”, 189-pounds) who runs better than passes.
St. Martin’s running back Brandon Roohi (5’7”, 210 pounds) excels at running downhill.
Defensively, Fuhrer said he anticipates St. Martin’s will use a 40 front.
“I think if we don’t play well, they’re a team that definitely can beat us,” Fuhrer said.
Last week against Covenant Christian, which Central Catholic beat in the jamboree, St. Martin’s surrendered more than 600 yards rushing and Fuhrer said that he is hopeful the Eagles can have success against the Saints and will open up the Eagles’ passing game.
“We had a good week of practice,” Fuhrer said. “I feel good going into the game. I think we’ll be ready, and I just really want to make it about us and not so much about them. It’s time to start playing better.”
The Eagles are led offensively by Stefano Guarisco, who has rushed for 956 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on 153 carries.
He also has caught 36 passes for 575 yards and five more touchdowns.
Quarterback Nick Case has completed 113 of 203 passes for 1,406 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Tyler Hoffpauir has caught 56 passes for 614 yards and six scores, while Eriq Blanchard has rushed 69 times for 344 yards and two scores.
Friday’s game will kick off at 7 p.m.