Morgan City High School's Taaj Delaune is congratulated by teammate Nathan Campbell following Delaune's interception in the first half of last week's loss to Patterson. Morgan City
will begin District 8-4A play at home Thursday when the Tigers host A.J. Ellender. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
MCHS to host Ellender in District 8-4A opener
Morgan City High School will open District 8-4A play Thursday when it hosts A.J. Ellender at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers enter the contest with an 0-5 record, while Ellender is 1-4, having lost four straight after a season-opening victory.
A week ago, the Patriots fell to Central Lafourche, 55-27.
In the loss, Ellender led twice in the first half, but Central Lafourche eventually pulled away and led 41-14 at halftime.
Ellender quarterback Patrick Perna threw a touchdown pass to O’Ryan James, Tyshaun Hester had an 85-yard kickoff return for a score and a 1-yard touchdown run and Anthony Foret added a 34-yard touchdown run for the Patriots’ scoring.
Hester rushed for 75 yards in the loss.
As a team, Ellender had 298 yards of offense (128 rushing and 170 passing).
“They’re very talented skill wise,” Morgan City Coach Chris Stroud said. “They have a lot of speed at receiver and secondary. They remind me a lot of Patterson and White Castle (with) the big O-line (and) a lot of speed.”
Stroud said the Patriots will utilize both a power game and will go to a spread look when they pass the ball.
On defense, they utilize a 4-3 scheme with cover-3.
“Defensively, they run to the ball well,” Stroud said. “They are big upfront, very aggressive.”
While Morgan City is winless on the season, a week ago, the Tigers gave Patterson everything it wanted in the first, half, rallying for a first-half lead before going into the locker room down 21-17 at halftime.
Stroud said Morgan City is improving, but the Tigers’ schedule also is getting tougher now.
“Ellender’s a good football team, but we matchup up fairly well like we did against Patterson,” Stroud said. “We’ve got to find a way to play four quarter. I had two major injuries the other night, and hopefully we’ll get them back soon but it’s going to affect us a little bit” Thursday.
This season, Devonta Grogan leads the Tigers’ run game with 26 carries for 191 yards and a score, while Dylan Tingle has rushed 13 times for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Khai Hartley has completed 15 of 46 passes for 98 yards with three interceptions.
Hayden Barron is the Tigers’ top receiver with five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Grogan has five catches for 58 yards.
Additional reporting by www.bayoupreps.com