Morgan City High School's Deondre Grogan hauls in a pass against North Central during earlier season action. Morgan City will open District 7-4A action Friday when it hosts E.D. White. The game also is the Tigers' homecoming. (The Daily Review/Mico Aloisio)
MCHS to host E.D. White in District 7-4A opener
Morgan City High School will open District 7-4A action Friday against E.D. White and also celebrate homecoming.
The Tigers will be looking to get back on the right track after their two-game winning streak was snapped a week ago against Donaldsonville in a 44-6 defeat.
Despite the lopsided final, Morgan City trailed just 22-6 at halftime.
“I had a fourth-and-12 call with about 50 seconds left (in the first half) where I probably should have punted the ball, and we a deep ball, threw an interception and kind of turned the momentum of the game,” Morgan City Coach Eric Howard said.
Senior Alex Brocato completed 22 of 37 passes for 152 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while he led the team in rushing with four carries for 35 yards.
Senior Ke’Sean Francois led Morgan City’s receivers with six catches for 77 yards and a score.
Meanwhile, E.D. White, a Class 4A newcomer this season, opened league play a week ago by knocking off two-time defending District 7-4A champ Assumption, 49-13. It was the Mustangs’ first district loss in two years.
“They definitely played well in their first district game,” Howard said of the Cardinals. “This will be our first district game and so I’m really excited to get district started. E.D. White is a very, very good football team. They have quality players on both sides of the football, but obviously (Brandon Legendre) is their best player.”
Legendre, a junior quarterback, led E.D. White with three rushing touchdowns and two passing scores. He had 12 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns and completed 4 of 7 passes for 113 yards and two more scores.
“He can do kind of what he wants to,” Howard said. “He does like to run the football, but he has no problem sitting back there and carving you up if you get out of position in the secondary.”
Offensively, Howard said E.D. White likes to run the football, and it utilizes a lot of play-action.
“Their whole game plan is typically centered around their quarterback and their running back, and they put the ball in those guys hands as much as they possibly can,” Howard said.
Morgan City’s coach said E.D. White ran approximately 30 different formations against Assumption.
“They are extremely diverse,” Howard said.
The E.D. White defense recorded five picks, led by two from Jordan Servat, against Assumption.
The Cardinals are 3-1 this season, with their only blemish being a triple-overtime loss to St. James in Week 3.
As for Morgan City, this year’s team is led by Brocato, who has completed 34 of 57 passes for 336 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has rushed seven times for 65 yards.
Sophomore Devonta Grogan leads the ground game with 15 carries for 107 yards and one touchdown.
Junior Deondre Grogan is Morgan City’s leading receiver with eight catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns, while Francois has 11 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Additional reporting by www.bayoupreps.com