St. Charles Catholic will play a “home” game away from home when the Comets “host” De La Salle on Friday night at Joe Keller Stadium in Reserve.
“We thank the East St. John officials and administration for allowing us to do this. Thank God, the schedule had them on the road so we could use their facility and it’s right down the road,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said.
With SCC’s new stadium under construction, the Comets’ home game against De La Salle has been moved to 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Keller Stadium. The normal occupants of the stadium, East St. John, is on the road at Sophie B. Wright.
The game will be live streamed on VSN Louisiana. Justin Duhe will handle play by play with color commentary by Terrence Jones.
An apparent go-ahead touchdown by Lutcher in the closing moments of the game and the Bulldogs trailing by two points was nullified by an illegal chop block against a LHS receiver, allowing the Comets to remain unbeaten.
Special teams proved to be the difference in the game with the Comets recovering the ball in the end zone for a touchdown on a bad center snap for Lutcher deep in Bulldogs territory. A long kick return by Phillip Tran helped to set up a touchdown. A sack of St. James quarterback Mekhi Patterson in the end zone produced a safety that provided the winning margin.
“They safety really helped us,” Monica said. “It ended up being the difference in the game. We left some good plays on the field offensively because of missed assignments. The kids weren’t sure what to do.”
Information overload, Monica said, may have contributed to sluggishness by both the SCC offense and defense.
“The thing I don’t like is having us to extend ourselves to where you are adding so much offensively and defensively that your execution is wavering a little bit. That’s what happened the other night. We had a lot of stuff in, a lot of coverages in and offensively we had a lot of schemes and we didn’t handle it well,” the veteran coach said.
The Comets take on a De La Salle team (1-1) that is different offensively than in past years.
“They are an explosive team,” Monica said. “Where they have been more of a run-oriented team, now they are full-fledged spread team. They use the whole field.
“They still have that big line but their quarterback has a year of experience under his belt and he has some electric players that are pretty special and fast.”
The quarterback is sophomore Cole Medford.
Medford has several weapons at his disposal.
“They have a couple of skilled guys, Jharon Gilmore, Nixon Bernard, Nick Tate. They are pretty good,” said Monica.
Because of injuries, P.J. Martin got the start in the backfield last week against Country Day. The freshman responded with 144 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 49-13 domination of the Cajuns.
De La Salle employs a 4-3 defense. A top defender along the line is junior Ja’Marian Peterson but the strength of the Cavaliers, Monica said, is the linebacker corps.
“The experience is with their three linebackers, middle linebacker senior Ashton Robison, sophomore strongside linebacker Jude Milford, and junior weakside linebacker Shamar Keelen,” said Monica.
In last year’s game, the Comets needed two goal-line stands to hold on for a 14-12.
With last week’s two-point win over Lutcher, Monica said he expects another game that will go down to the wire.
“It’s going to be another fourth-quarter game. We need to be ready to play in the fourth quarter,” said Monica.
Click below for the link to the game that is set to begin on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.