Central Catholic High School's Hunter Daigle recovers a fumble during the Eagles' Week 2 contest, while covered by teammates Andrew Duval (45) and Caleb Menina. The Eagles will hit the road Friday to face False River. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)
Central Catholic will travel to False River Academy Friday
Central Catholic travels to face False River Friday after a tough loss 21-13 loss to Archbishop Hannan in Morgan City last week.
Central Catholic’s and Hannan’s defenses dominated the first half, holding each other’s offense to less than 100 total yards. The Eagles led 7-6 at halftime after the Class 3A Hawks scored first on the legs of quarterback Christopher Rabensteiner, who scored on 6-yard run with 6:08 left in the second quarter. Hannan (2-0) missed the point-after attempt for a 6-0 lead.
Hannan’s defense then forced a three-and-out on Central Catholic’s next possession, but the returner muffed Tyler O’con’s punt, and the Eagles recovered at the 50.
The Eagles got big runs from standout running back Chris Singleton and quarterback Davidyione Bias, setting up a first-and-goal from the 8-yard line with 2:58 left before halftime. Singleton capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 6 with 34 seconds left. Phillip Guarisco’s point-after-attempt kick gave Central Catholic the one-point lead.
Central Catholic’s offense couldn’t get anything going out of the half, and when Hannan took over, the Hawks went to an up tempo, no-huddle offense.
“The tempo didn’t bother us,” Central Catholic Coach Tommy Minton said following the game. “They had a big size advantage so that wore on us. We also had a couple guys get nicked up and had to leave the game. They’re simply a bigger school and had more bodies to throw at us.”
Singleton led Central Catholic with 19 carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns, while Bias added 59 yards on 15 carries.
Bias was 1-of-5 passing for 20 yards, while Taylor Blanchard was 2-of-3 passing for 15 yards.
The Eagles had 270 yards (235 rushing and 35 passing).
Central Catholic made a second-half rally, sparked by Singleton’s 66-yard touchdown run with 4:02 left in the game.
But Hannan running back Brendan David salted the game away, carrying the ball four times for three first-downs to run out the clock.
“Morale is good,” Minton said this week. “The kids have worked well in practice all week. The kids realize that we were a couple plays from winning the game.”
Central Catholic (0-2), who has played up in classification the first two weeks of the season, should not face such a significant size and depth advantage against fellow Class 1A foe False River (1-1).
False River lost to Northlake Christian 47-27, Friday despite the efforts of senior quarterback Damian Johnson, who rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 127 yards and a score.
“He’s an excellent athlete, and we’re going to have to account for him on every play,” Minton said. “We gotta tackle well, because he has over 750 yards of total offense in two games.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.