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Early portion of 2017 season provides variety of foes for SCC

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  • May 02, 2017 - 10:32am

File photosThe St. Charles Catholic's new Class 3A schedule includes season-ending home games for the Comets against league powers De La Salle and St. James.


St. Charles Catholic had to seek out various locales to put together it’s pre-district schedule as the Comets return to Class 3A for the 2017 season.

District 10-3A will provide the likes of St. James, Donaldsonville, De La Salle, Lusher and Haynes Academy. Before getting to the league slate, the Comets had to find five non-district opponents.

The opening week finds St. Charles playing at Chalmette.

“Chalmette will be a really tough team, a Wing-T team. They are a team that has a lot of players returning. We anticipate that to be a real tough one. We are not used to seeing Wing-T teams and they are really, really improved,” said St. Charles coach Frank Monica.

The Comets will be home Week 2 against nearby Class 5A power Destrehan.

“Destrehan probably has one of the most talented teams in the state. We weren’t crazy about playing it but it was better than having an open date. We both had (previously scheduled) teams early and they came off the schedule and we ended up playing one another,” Monica said.

The Comets had to venture out into Mississippi for a Week 3 opponent in the form of Wilkinson County.

“Wilkinson County is a fast and athletic team. They’ve played against Louisiana teams before,” said Monica.

St. Charles reached back to its recent past for a Week 4 home encounter with former Class 2A district rival Country Day, coached by Monica disciple Joe Chango.

“The Country Day program has really improved over the years. They were open and we were lucky to find someone close. It was the last game we filled,” Monica said.

The Comets close out pre-district play at another familiar foe, East Ascension

“They are real, real physical and it’s always been a good game,” Monica said of the Spartans. “They are very, very tough and they are huge. We have to go over there and it’s a tough place to play.”

St. Charles opens district play on the road at Lusher in Week 6. Following a home game against Donaldsonville, the Comets are back on the road at Haynes Academy.

“Lusher is a team that each year seems to be improving and has better talent each year. Donaldsonville has always been an athletic team and a very physical team. We’ve been in Lusher’s district before. Haynes is a new team that has moved up in class,” summed up Monica.

The Comets close the season by hosting two of the fellow kingpins of the district, facing De La Salle in Week 9 before facing St. James in the regular-season finale.

“Both of them are really, really good,” Monica said. “I’m hoping by that time we are an improved team. De La Salle hasn’t lost many games in the past few years. They have a bunch of kids from previous years that are still there. The 10th game, if you are good enough to make the playoffs, that’s a tough draw.”

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.