The milestones keep coming for St. Charles Catholic coach Frank Monica.
A 31-3 road win by his Comets over South Lafourche on Friday, gave him 267 in his career. That broke the career mark of 266 by former Lutcher coach Tim Detillier for the most wins ever by a coach in the River Parishes.
“I didn’t know that was the case,” Monica said. “There have been a lot of great coaches in the River Parishes and it’s an honor to be in that group. That was a surprise about that because of all the successful coaches they have had in the River Parishes over the years. It also means I’m pretty old.”
Monica, who was selected to the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame last summer, is in his 50th season in coaching.
His record currently stands at 267-87 in 29 years as a high school head coach. Monica has served as head coach at Lutcher, Riverside Academy and Jesuit, along with St. Charles. He also spent two stints as an assistant coach on the collegiate level at Tulane.
Detillier amassed a mark of 266-112 in a 38-year career as a head coach.
“They had a hard time blocking our defensive front. Our defensive front played well,” said Monica.
The Comets’ first score, a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jason Dumas at the 7:74 mark of the opening quarter was set up on throw by Dumas on a scramble.
“We had an off-schedule throw that Dumas threw to Askea Armant and that set up the first touchdown,” said Monica.
A 25-yard Carter Chauvin field goal made it 10-0 with 5:54 remaining in the first half.
The Comets made it 17-0 at halftime when Keenan Gauff scored on a 7-yard run with 1:09 left in the second quarter.
The St. Charles defense got into the scoring act on its own when Kamren Campbell returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-0 early in the third quarter.
A 3-yard run by Phillip Tran with 5:56 left in the third quarter put St. Charles up 31-0 to round out the Comets’ scoring.
South Lafourche avoided the shutout when Jesse Torres connected on a 38-yard field goal with 2:54 left in the game that came after a Comets fumble – the only turnover of the game for St. Charles.
“It was a nice win, to go on the road like that. Our defense dominated from the very beginning. We still have some weaknesses that were revealed. We have to go back and correct those things. It’s much better to correct them after a ‘W’ than after a loss,” said Monica.