Bobcats prepare for Panthers passing attack
By Tom Dodge
Even with a 44-7 opening season win over Jennings, Eunice head coach Paul Trosclair saw room for improvement for his third-ranked Bobcats heading into Friday’s road trip to Catholic of New Iberia.
“We have some things we can improve on, there is no doubt about that,” the coach commented.
“We had some big plays and that is always good to have, but I would like to see a little more consistency running the ball.”
In the fourth quarter, Tyler Collins exploded for a 93-yard run and Troy Godfrey scored from 30 yards out to seal the win.
“We have some areas to improve on: special teams, punt returns and extra points,” he added.
The Bobcats had an extra point blocked and missed another before Jeffery Burge nailed the final two PATs in the game.
Trosclair said the Bobcat passing attack was one of the brightest spots in last Wednesday’s win over the Bulldogs.
Mitchell Fuselier connected with Tharold Simon on a 56-yard TD pass and then hit Tyler Trosclair on a 45-yard score, both in the third period.
Fuselier finished a perfect 5-of-5 for 133 yards.
“This is the best we’ve passed the ball this early in the season,’’ Trosclair said. “When you can strike from long distances that is always good.”
Trosclair said he was also pleased with the speed of the Bobcat defense that limited Jennings to just seven points in a series where points have usually been difficult to come by.
“In the years I’ve been here (19 total, 13 as head coach), we scored 30 once,’’ Trosclair said. “I expected it to be another one-touchdown game like it always is.’’
Holding on to a slim 9-7 advantage, the defensive play of the game came when Malcolm Darby picked up a Bulldog fumble and raced 89 yards for the touchdown with 41 seconds left in the half and Eunice took a 15-7 advantage into the locker room.
The Bobcats now turn their attention to Catholic High, 14-0 winners over Jeanerette but Hurricane Ike forced the cancellation of last week’s contest.
“Last year we had a real close game with them,” Trosclair said. “It went into the fourth quarter.”
“They have a good passing attack and they like to throw the football. It will be a test for secondary. But our guys back there have had a lot of experience against spread offenses and have done well so we hope that is an advantage for us.”
Catholic lost several starters on the defensive side of the ball but have several returning on offense from the 2007 team that went 5-6.
While this is not a district game, Trosclair said it is still important for the Bobcats to perform well.
“Every game is meaningful,” he said. “We don’t want to lose a game we should have won and have it come back to haunt us when you get the bracket later on if you happen to be in the playoffs.
“We want to the players to focus on the now and not give up big plays and make them work,” Trosclair said of the game plan against Catholic.
“We want to play well, run the ball more consistently and keep their spread offense off the the field.”