MCHS to play Comeaux; Nowlin has concerns
By GEOFFREY STOUTE
Morgan City will play at Comeaux Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lafayette, but Morgan City football coach Brandon Nowlin has his concerns.
While he wanted to play the game, Nowlin said it wasn’t smart putting his players in a situation like they will be facing Saturday with little practice (the Tigers practiced Monday with three-fourths of their squad that hadn’t left for Hurricane Isaac, had a team meeting Thursday and were scheduled to practice today).
“You’re asking for trouble, injuries and stuff like that,” the MCHS coach said of playing on a short week.
MCHS Principal Mickey Fabre said that the safety of the student-athletes and others attending the game come first in a situation like this.
“In a situation like this, the safety of our players and our stakeholders come well before football and I made that clear to coach Nowlin,” Fabre said.
The game originally was set for today at 7 p.m. at Comeaux, and Fabre said he and Comeaux High School’s principal were in contact all week about how to plan for the game. As per Louisiana High School Athletic Association rules, the home team’s principal makes the final decision on whether the game will be played.
Fabre said he and Comeaux High’s principal originally had considered holding the game today if both schools returned to school today, which they did.
However, because of the position of the storm Wednesday as well as the unpredictability of the weather, Fabre said that the principals agreed to push the game to Saturday.
Fabre said if conditions changed, then a decision to move the game would be made, but no changes had been made as of press time today.
Schools have until Monday at midnight to complete their week 1 matchup.
Comeaux High football coach Kevin Magee could not be reached on his thoughts on safety for this weekend’s game.
As for his team’s opponent, Nowlin said that Comeaux is well coached and a sound squad with a few skill players.
“We played them last year so we are kind of familiar with what they have coming back,” Nowlin said. “I feel I got a good idea of what they’re trying to do.”
The problem, he said, is preparing his squad for that.
Magee told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser that he is familiar with what the Tigers do from last year when his squad picked up a 37-0 victory against Morgan City.
“They're still in the shotgun with zone read and some option,” Magee said.
Both teams went scoreless in their jamborees this year as Morgan City was shut out, 6-0, by Franklin, while Comeaux and Cecilia played to a 0-0 tie.
“I was very pleased with how our defense played in the jamboree,” Magee said. “I just told them that they just need to keep progressing and keep working hard."
On offense, Comeaux runs a Wing-T offense, and Magee said he was pleased with his running game.
“It was actually better than I expected it to be (in new Wing-T offense),” Magee said. “The execution in the passing game, though, has got to get better. We expected a lot more out of the passing game.”