In his first game back after setting the record for most wins by a high school coach in the River Parishes, Frank Monica returns to where it all begin.
Monica and his St. Charles Comets play at Lutcher on Friday night – the place where the Hall of Famer began his career as a head coach.
“I never thought of that,” Monica said. “It never crossed my mind.
“All of that is good and significant in a way but after the initial kickoff, that doesn’t mean anything. You get right back to football.”
Monica and his Comets (1-0), who are ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A poll, take on a Lutcher team at 7 p.m. Friday that is talented, though youthful, at key positions on offense.
The game will be live streamed on VSN Louisiana. Justin Duhe will handle play by play with color commentary by Terrence Jones.
“He’s a very, very good runner. He’s real deceptive. He’s scary. He can dominate the game. If we let him get in space, it will be hard to catch him. We have to get him on the ground,” Monica said of Patterson.
The Bulldogs feature another young player at running back in junior Ra’suan Storks.
“He’s a real good player. If you take him away, the quarterback can run it. The quarterback is real dangerous on the scramble. If you do have good coverage, all of sudden he is scrambling for yards. You have to get off your blocks,” said Monica.
Despite some injuries, a position that has experience is the receiving corps.
“Their receivers are really, really electric. Jacoby Williams and Rashon Williams can go. They can stretch the field vertically and they run a lot of screens. They are a perimeter team and they use the entire field, which is what you want from a good offense,” Monica said.
The Lutcher defense, Monica said, features an even-man front.
“They are based out of a 4-3, 4-2 look. They like to play quarters in the secondary and they can play man. They are long in the secondary. The coverages will be tight,” Monica explained.
The Bulldogs feature a pair of top defensive linemen, according to Monica.
“Carter Poche is a good technician. He stays low and uses his hands extremely well. He reads real well. Jamel Thomas is quick and will be hard for us to handle,” the St. Charles coach said.
A player on the next level of the defense caught the eye of the veteran coach.
“The guy that is really, really good is the inside linebacker, Chris Burkhalter,” Monica said.
Lutcher’s greatest area of experience on defense is in the secondary with seniors Rashaud Long, Ivan Clark, Rhett Whitney and Tre Stewart.
“Robert Ursin is a junior but he’s also very, very good. He’s a real good corner,” Monica noted.
The Comets will face a different pace on Friday than a week ago when St. Charles faced South Lafourche’s triple-option attack.
“We have to kick it up a bunch of notches from where our intensity level was last week,” Monica said.
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