Central Catholic High School's Philip Guarisco, left, and Carter Williams pursue a Loreauville ballcarrier during the teams' week one contest in Morgan City. Central Catholic will begin District 8-1A play Thursday on the road as the Eagles take on undefeated Centerville. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
CCHS to open district against undefeated Centerville
Central Catholic will open District 8-1A play against undefeated Centerville Thursday on the road.
While Central Catholic shut out Centerville 13-0 in the jamboree, the Bulldogs have had no problem scoring in their first five games of the season as they are off to their best start in their football program’s history with a 5-0 mark. All five of the Bulldogs victories have been blowouts.
“They’re coming in with a lot of confidence,” Central Catholic Coach Tommy Minton said. “They’ve played well the last few weeks. The offense they run, it’s a matter of execution, and they’re executing a whole lot better now than they were earlier in the year, naturally, but I feel like we’ll be prepared.”
Minton said the key to stopping Centerville’s Wing-T offense will be to limit the production of halfbacks Tyler Gunner and Dravin Guilbeau. The duo, along with Morty Frederick, each is averaging better than 11 yards per carry this season. Gunner has rushed 48 times for 615 yards (12.8 yards per carry) with eight touchdowns, while Guilbeau has 30 carries for 338 yards (11.3 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. Frederick has rushed 39 times for 438 yards (11.2 yards per carry) with eight touchdowns.
Through the air, quarterback Braden Gaspard has completed 5 of 13 passes for 99 yards with two touchdowns. Trevyn Guilbeau is his top receiver with three receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown.
For Central Catholic, the Eagles enter district with a 1-3 record after playing a nondistrict schedule against all but one higher-classification team. The Eagles’ Division IV opponent was two-time defending state runner-up Ascension Catholic, which defeated the Eagles 33-14 a week ago.
With district play starting, the Eagles have a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew.
“What you hope for is that your tough nondistrict schedule has prepared you for district and the competition that lies ahead, and I feel like it has,” Minton said. “I feel like we’ll be prepared and I feel like we’ll be ready.”
The Eagles’ offense is led by running back Davidyione Bias, who has 93 carries for 488 yards with eight touchdowns. Hugh Hamer has added 38 carries for 208 yards and a score.
Through the air, quarterback Ryan Miller has completed 27 of 43 passes for 349 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions.
Nathan Hebb is his leading receiver with 10 receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown.