Morgan City High School's Devonta Grogan
(The Daily Review/Mico Aloisio)
MCHS to meet top-10 Assumption team Friday
Morgan City will face its toughest test of the season when the Tigers welcome the Assumption Mustangs to town in District 8-4A play Friday.
Assumption (5-1 overall, 1-0 in District 8-4A) enters the contest ranked No. 9 in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A poll.
The Mustangs (5-1) won four straight before suffering their lone loss of the season in week five to St. James, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3A poll. A week ago, Assumption opened District 8-4A play with a 34-0 victory against South Terrebonne.
“Obviously, they’re a very good football team,” Morgan City Coach Chris Stroud said.
Stroud said the Mustangs have depth and big offensive and defensive lines.
Last week’s Assumption win was called with nine minutes remaining after the coaches agreed to end the contest when lightning had halted the game and set it up for at least a 30-minute delay.
In last week’s victory, Assumption quarterback Sage Rivere connected on three touchdown passes, with one each going to Jaden Tyler, Dorian Bailey and Jamal Jarvis.
“Their quarterback does a really good job of handling the offense and makes some great throws,” Stroud said. “He’s not very big, but he really handles the offense well. … They have two wide outs that are really, really good.”
Assumption’s Tyran Cassie also scored two rushing touchdowns last week.
Defensively, Stroud said the Mustangs are “going to lock up on you and they’re just going to have seven kids in the box and play football.”
A week ago, Morgan City (0-6, 0-1) fell to Ellender, 24-21 in the Tigers’ District 8-4A opener. The Tigers had two costly fumbles in the loss near the Ellender goal line.
Offensively, Devonta Grogan leads the Tigers this season with 48 carries for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He also is the team’s top receiver with eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Kane Sanchez, who is splitting time with Khai Hartley, leads the Tigers’ passing game with 158 yards. He has completed 10 of 19 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Hayden Barron has seven receptions for 84 yards and a score for Morgan City this season.
Additional reporting by The Houma Courier and www.theadvocate.com/sports