In St. Charles Catholic’s 31-3 loss to Destrehan last Friday, two of the three phases of the game let the Comets down.
“The defense played as hard as it possibly could play. The offense couldn’t take any pressure off of them,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said.
There also was another area of concern for Monica.
“I was really disappointed in our special teams. That’s something that has been sacred to us and we didn’t look like we knew what we were doing on special teams,” the St. Charles coach said.
It would have taken a near-perfect game, Monica said, for St. Charles (1-1) to defeat the Wildcats, and that didn’t happen.
“They are a good football team,” Monica said of Destrehan. “If we play our best and they play their best, they still win. We gave them a couple of opportunities with turnovers – and they are too good of a football team, they are too explosive and we are not an explosive team. We don’t have the playmakers right now and we have a lot to learn.”
Friday, the Comets host Wilkinson County of Mississippi, a team St. Charles defeated a year ago after coming off a big emotional win over Destrehan in which SCC handed the Wildcats their first regular-season loss on the field since 2012.
The Wildcats of Wilkinson County are 3-1 on the season.
“They haven’t given up a point in their last three games,” Monica said of Wilkinson County. “We are a little concerned about that. They have a bunch of seniors on their team. We played them there last year, so that’s the same guys we are playing. We have to right the ship.”
A number of Wilkinson County players who faced St. Charles a year ago return, including nine of eleven on defense.
Top offensive players in Wilkinson’s spread attack are quarterback Freddie Byrd along with running backs Uqanta’ White and Terrell Coleman. The offensive line is anchored by 6-foot-6, 325-pound right tackle Ladamion Boudreaux.
Many of the starters on offense also play on defense, including Coleman.
“Terrell Coleman is a running back who is also a linebacker. He makes plays all over the field. He finds a way. I don’t care if you block him, he’s coming off the block and will find a way to get close to the ball. Then all of a sudden, he’s downfield covering a receiver. He’s a very versatile,” Monica said.
White is the other inside linebacker while other top defenders include cornerbacks Marquise Robinson and Treveon Miles.
The Wildcats’ base defense is a 4-2-5, but that can be hard to tell sometimes because Wilkinson County stacks the box so much, according to Monica.
“You can’t really tell it because they have people at the line of scrimmage so it looks like a six-man line. Their linebackers are not deep. They are within a yard of the line of scrimmage. They will pressure you,” Monica said.
The St. Charles coach compared Wilkinson County’s talent level to that of Landry-Walker.
Even with Monica’s claim, numbers show Wilkinson County’s record can be misleading.
The three teams the Wildcats have beaten are a combined 2-10. Those three teams have been outscored by their opponents 358-99. Of that total, 46 comes in Heidelberg’s two wins – 26-12 over Wingfield and 20-14 over Southeast Lauderdale.