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SCC Comet travel to Wilkinson County in quest for 3-0 start

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  • September 13, 2017 - 8:49am

File photosSt. Charles Catholic's defense is coming off an effort in which it shut down Destrehan's John Emery (4) and the Wildcats' running game in a 24-8 victory.

Who knew old-school coach Frank Monica was such a riverboat gambler?

Monica called for an on-side kick on the opening play of St. Charles Catholic’s game last Friday against Destrehan. Later, the Comets scored a touchdown off of a fake field goal on SCC’s way to a 24-8 triumph over the Wildcats.

St. Charles didn’t recover the on-side kick and the ploy seemed like it might backfire early when the Comets were forced to punt moments later from deep in their own territory. SCC recovered the first of three muffed punts by the Wildcats and took advantage as the Comets moved to 2-0 on the season.

“It was just one of those things of just trying to get an extra possession because we feared their offense so much,” Monica said. “The rule of thumb is if you don’t get it you give up an average of 16 yards of field position.”

Along with taking advantage of Destrehan mistakes, St. Charles also controlled the line of scrimmage, although the old-school coach said his offensive line could have played better.

“Our kids were quick on defense and they played on their feet. That’s what we try to stress. Defense is lining up right and playing with some kind of emotion. On offense, we weren’t pleased with our offensive line with the way we were playing. We were missing some assignments up front and that we were falling off blocks. We need to be a strong football team as far as weight room strength,” Monica said.

The Comets, ranked No. 4 in the Class 3A poll, seek to move to 3-0 on the season when they travel to Woodville, Miss., to take on Wilkinson County.

“They really are an unknown entity for us. We’re going on the road and we have a two-hour bus trip and there is a little concern about how we will handle that,” Monica said.

The unknown entity stems from the fact the Comets had trouble getting film on Wilkinson County. The school provided no rosters and even in-person scouting could produce no information on the Wildcats since there were no rosters at the stadium of Wilkinson’s last game, Monica relayed.

Wilkinson County utilizes more than one style of offense, Monica said.

“They run a little bit I-formation with wing and they will run some spread. They run a couple of different offenses basically and we really don’t know what we are going to get,” said Monica.

Wilkinson County is 1-2 on the season. The Wildcats were blanked in losses of 39-0 to Natchez and 34-0 to Heidelberg. The lone victory came in a 38-12 Week 2 win against Amite County.

Against Amite County, Freddie Byrd was 19 of 24 passing for 391 yards.

Terrence Turner had seven catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Drequan Cage had six catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns while Trevion Myles had four catches for 124 yards.

“He threw some deep balls and they have guys that can go get it. Some of those guys will turn around and play defense, too,” Monica said.

Terrell Coleman had 115 yards on 14 carries against Amite County while Nolan Thompson had a 65-yard punt return and added a touchdown run.

Wilkinson County lines up in a 4-2-5 scheme on defense and plays both zone and man, Monica said.

Along with the road trip, another task for the Comets will be to just put the Destrehan win behind them, according to Monica.

Pats on the back become kicks on the seat of your pants. It would tarnish the win if you don’t come back and respond. That’s behind us,” the St. Charles coach said.

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