- Game Preview
- George Becnel
- November 15, 2018 - 5:11pm
Football coaches often refer to the best (blank) team in the state.
You can take any school and place any number in the blank. In the case of Parkview Baptist, St. Charles Catholic’s second-round opponent in the Division II playoffs Friday in Laplace, the Eagles would be the “best 5-6 team in the state.”
Parkview lost its first five games of the season, falling to the likes of Catholic High of Baton Rouge, East Ascension, John Curtis, Walker and Southern Lab.
Lutcher was the unlucky team to find out how good the Eagles might be, losing 36-27 in the District 8-4A opener in Week 6. After falling to Plaquemine the following week, Parkview Baptist has gone on to win four in a row, including last week’s 36-27 victory over Teurlings Catholic in the opening round of the playoffs.
“They are a traditional power every year,” St. Charles Catholic coach Frank Monica said of the Eagles. “They’ve been there. They’ve been to the Superdome. They’ve been to the top of the mountain. They know how to win.”
“They are an extremely, extremely physical football team,” the Comets coach continued. “They run the triple option, which is something you don’t see an awful lot of. They ball-control you to death. They always have nice size and strength up front. They win games in the trenches, even though their skill is as good as I’ve ever seen. They can turn around and play defense, too.”
St. Charles (7-3) earned an opening-round bye as the No. 2 seed in Division II.
“We got a chance to heal up a little bit and work a couple of kids at different positions,” Monica said. “It gave us about three extra practice days. It’s bonus football at this point. That was good and we had to a chance to work some young kids to get ready to help us, even down the line. We might be in for another week. We might be in for another two or three weeks. The bottom line is the extra practice will certainly help them out.
“We gave them a couple of days off, but not a lot. You have to watch how you handle open dates. You can lose total focus and intensity. When you deal with young kids, you can’t get too far away or you may never get them back. We went back and worked on our base.”
Ryan Philippe, who normally plays in the slot for Parkview Baptist was at quarterback for the Eagles in place of Colton Jumonville against Teurlings Catholic. Philippe ran for touchdowns of 50 and 23 yards against Teurlings.
“Dustin Philippe is their main guy right now,” Monica said. “I don’t know if Colton Jumonville will be back or not. We have to prepare for both. It will not change their offensive scheme. They will continue to do what they do.”
The Eagles offensive scheme may remain the same, but Jumonville has different attributes from Philippe.
“Colton Jumonville is a bigger guy. He can run and throw, and he’s bigger. He’s hard to take down. He’s not nearly as fast as (Dustin Philippe) but is a load to take down,” Monica noted.
Connor Reid is the Eagles’ fullback.
“He’s a north-south runner. He’s not a flashy guy. He falls forward. The first thing you have to stop with the triple option is the fullback. Once they establish the fullback, everything else works off of that,” Monica said.
While Reid may epitomize a Wing-T fullback, the Eagles have athleticism in Terry Tolliver, Darrel Cyprian and Kyle Washington.
In Parkview’s win over Teurlings Catholic, Washington threw a 70-yard touchdown pass on a flea-flicker and later scored from 40 yards out on a lateral.
“They have more speed than we’ve seen in the past,” Monica said of the Eagles’ offense. “Before, they were more power oriented but now I think they realize (they have more speed) and are getting their athletes out in space.”
Even with greater speed, the game still will come down to the line of scrimmage, according to Monica.
“You have to stay toe-to-toe with them in the trenches,” the St. Charles coach said. “You have to keep everything in front. We have to make sure you have somebody on the dive, the quarterback, and the pitch. You have to be very disciplined on defense. If not, that’s where the big plays will come from.
“You can shut it down for three quarters, but when you have a mental lapse, that’s when they take advantage of it.”
The Eagles operate out of an odd front on defense.
“They run what they call a ‘stack’ look,” Monica said.
Parkview features a pair of 290 pound defensive linemen in DeSanto Rollins and Hamdi Sheikha.
“They alternate with each other at the nose guard positions,” noted Monica.
Harrison Warren is the man in the middle at linebacker for the Eagles. Parkview also features a pair of sophomore linebackers in Ian Pourciau and David Murla.
“We have to learn to block their front but it’s the mental things in a game like this you have to be conscious of. You can’t be running around. You have to be disciplined on defense,” said Monica.
Cyprian, Tolliver and Washington all play in the secondary.
“They have a very athletic secondary. It’s the most athletic secondary we’ve seen them have,” Monica said.
With teams like Parkview and St. Charles, possessions could be at a premium Friday night.
“Offensively, we need to take care of the football. We cannot give them that extra possession. You already will be limited. Most games, you are limited to 10-12 possessions. Against Parkview, you might get eight, so you have to make your possessions count,” Monica said.