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Fourcade, Colonels make history with second-straight playoff berth

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  • November 19, 2018 - 5:34pm

File photoNicholls quarterback Chase Fourcade and his Colonel teammates will host a FCS playoff game for the second year in a row Saturday afternoon against San Diego.

THIBODAUX - When Chase Fourcade was on the Nicholls sideline while being recruited by the Colonels out of Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, there weren’t quite so many fans in the stands.

During Fourcade’s junior year at Rummel, the Colonels were in the midst of a 0-12 season. Three years after his arrival, Nicholls is in the postseason for the second-consecutive year after capturing a share of the Southland Conference championship and an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

On-field success, coupled with an aggressive recruiting style focused on players from the River Parishes, Bayou region, along with the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, has led to much larger crowds on game days for the Colonels. That, in turn, put Nicholls into a position to host opening-round playoff games.

“You can thank the guy right there, Coach Rebowe, and what he brought to this program from my freshman year to now, it’s been unbelievable,” said Fourcade, motioning toward Tim Rebowe, Nicholls’ fourth-year coach. “The fans have really been a big part with this program and just what they brought to this team.”

“It’s only growing,” Fourcade continued. “That’s the big thing for us. We will continue to grow this university and this program with football and athletics and just trying to get the job done.”

A lot of folks in Thibodaux would like to thank Fourcade as well. His early impact, along with numerous others from the now junior class at Nicholls, including the likes of defensive lineman Sully Laiche of Lutcher and Riverside Academy linebacker Evan Veron, have led to a dramatic turnaround for the Colonels.

With the 2018 playoffs and his senior season still to come, Fourcade already is No. 2 on the all-time passing chart at Nicholls. For his career, Fourcade, the son of former Ole Miss linebacker and nephew of John Fourcade, the former Rebels and New Orleans Saints quarterback, has completed 539 of 954 passing attempts for 7,245 yards with 51 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

He should easily surpass the totals of all-time Colonel passer Doug Hudson. Hudson, who played at Nicholls from 1983-86, connected on 533 of 1,020 pass attempts for 7,670 yards with 58 touchdowns and 53 interceptions.

With most of the key contributors coming back and several solid recruiting classes that followed the arrival of Fourcade and company, a lot will be expected of the Colonels in 2019, and beyond, the Nicholls quarterback said.

“I think what Coach Rebowe brought to the program when he was first year here and what he’s doing now, I know in the future he will continue to bring that success into this program. We are just enjoying these moments and it’s kind of the unknown and we just want to take one game at a time,” said Fourcade.

Enjoying the moment might not be quite so easy for the visiting Toreros for Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium, according to Fourcade.

“A lot of teams don’t know what it’s like to come to Thibodaux and come into an atmosphere like this where you are really right in front of the crowd and you have the crowd behind you cheering for the other team. San Diego, I’m sure they have a lot of crowd from over there but I don’t think any team experiences a crowd like us. The fans really come at it. I think the crowd is the biggest advantage for us,” said Fourcade.

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