Morgan City struggles against Class 5A Comeaux
By: SCOTT JOINER
LAFAYETTE — Morgan City started its season with a road trip to face Comeaux in Lafayette on Friday and picked up a tough 37-0 loss against the Class 5A opponent.
The Tigers (0-1) gave up a long run in the first quarter with Jhauri Mason breaking free for a 28-yard score.
The Spartans (1-0) found their groove in the second quarter with a touchdown run by James Guillory that capped off a long drive in the rain.
Comeaux quarterback Travis Southerd went to the air from that point on with three touchdown passes, two in the second quarter and the last in the fourth quarter to wrap up the win.
Southerd was 4-for-12 for 119 yards and three touchdowns and Mason led the Spartans on the ground with six carries for 77 yards.
Southerd didn’t throw the ball much, but when he did it resulted in a touchdown.
First was a 9-yard pass to Elijah Edmonds and the second scoring pass of the quarter was a 68-yarder to Tyrek Malveaux for a 30-0 lead at halftime.
The Morgan City defense played better in the second half, keeping the Spartans from scoring in the third quarter and allowing one more long pass in the fourth quarter, a 38-yard toss to Kevin Fouquier.
“Kevin plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” Comeaux coach Kevin Magee said. “If you get all 11 players playing with the same mentality, energy and enthusiasm, you’ll be in good shape.”
Eric Walker carried the load at running back for the Tigers with 11 carries for 58 yards and he led MCHS in receptions with two catches for 32 yards. Hoang Ngyuen showed promise in his first regular season start at quarterback going 5-for-11 for 46 yards and one interception.
The sloppy conditions made for a turnover-filled game with the teams combining for 10 fumbles with four resulting in turnovers and MCHS threw one interception.
Much like last season’s trip to Neville, the Tigers knew they had their hands full against a much larger opponent but they fared better against the Spartans.
Next week the Tigers stick closer to home with a quick trip across the Atchafalaya River to face Berwick on Friday.