Breaux Bridge, Cecilia playing Wednesday
It was a crazy week for everyone, contending with Hurricane Gustav while also trying to take care of business.
Parish football coaches has an especially trying time, with the storm wiping out Week One of the 2008 season and scattering players here and there.
Among the contests scrubbed were St. Martinville at Cecilia and Breaux Bridge versus Westgate. The Bulldogs and The Bridge suffered financially from the loss of home game revenues.
And with Hurricane Ike slamming through Cuba on a course that could take it to the Louisiana coast by Friday or Saturday, coaches were scrambling Monday to adjust Week Two’s schedule that originally called for Breaux Bridge to host Notre Dame and St. Martinville to host Franklin on Thursday and Cecilia at home against Plaquemine on Friday.
As of late Monday the BBHS-Notre Dame game has been moved up to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Breaux Bridge while Cecilia switched opponents and will host the Patterson Lumberjacks at 7 p.m.
The Franklin-St. Martinville game will be played as scheduled at 7 p.m. on Thursday in The ’Ville.
“We were extremely lucky,” commented head coach Mike Mowad Monday. “It appears that our school escaped any major damage from Gustav.”
Looking back at the Tigers’ 28-7 jamboree loss to a powerful Class 5A Acadiana team, Mowad sees a number of basic mistake. “Acadiana is a helluva team,” he said. “I think it was a bit of wake up call for our players. We’ve made some adjustments, especially on the defensive side, but a lot of it goes back to not playing a spring game. Our kids just need the playing time as learning experience, and our goal is to work towards constant improvement by the time district rolls around.”
A shaky start (two fumbles and a bad snap on the first series) and a breakdown in kick return coverage really hurt the Tigers. Acadiana returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt 21 yards to set up another score. “Our special team play was just bad,” Mowad admitted.
Physically, the Tigers are in good shape, with only junior DB/QB Logan Sonnier still out with a broken hand. He may be ready to play next week, however.
The Bridge faces yet another tough opponent this week in the Notre Dame Pioneers, who edged Cecilia 7-0 in their jamboree game.
“They’ve got a lot of returning starters,” reports Mowad, “especially on defense, with three great linebackers. They’re so fundamentally sound and employ a very methodical offense. It’s gonna be a good game for use with the big question being just how our players are going to react to all the turmoil of the past week.”
Coach Marc Broussard says he spent most of last week “just checking on our kids and their families to see if they were OK.”
The Tiger defense had its hands full with Comeaux QB Garrett Kreamer, who completed 10-of-13 passes for 185 yards. But the SM secondary did manage to pick of two of his tosses. “Our defense also had a recovered fumble,” Broussard pointed out. “But the big thing in the game is that we were not able to take advantage of the turnovers while they capitalized our ours, getting 18 points off our mistakes.”
Broussard was disappointed in the play of his offensive line. “We had too many missed assignments and our pass protection was terrible,” he said. “But most of the mistakes are correctable, and that’s what we’re working on this week.”
Running backs Lance Charles and Bryson Mallery both had a good game, with Charles breaking loose for 80 yards on SM’s only TD and Mallery averaging more than eight yards on four carries.
Franklin, this week’s opponent, is “probably the fast team we’ll face all years,” says Broussard. “They operate almost exclusively out of the shotgun/spread and their quarterback is 6-3 and can really throw. Our secondary will really be tested this week.”
It was all about ball possession in the second half of Cecilia’s 7-0 jamboree loss to Notre Dame with the Pioneers reeling off 19 plays while the Bulldogs managed only seven.
The game’s only score came midway through the second half when Notre Dame quarterback Ryan Leonards capped a 49-yard with a one-yard TD plunge.
Cecilia played a strong first half, with the Bulldog defense stopping the Pioneers cold on their first two possessions. Cecilia put together its best drive of the night, moving from the Bulldog 18 to the ND five where QB Tyler Champagne was sacked for a 10-yard loss, ending the threat.
Running back Orry Landry averaged better than 10-yards per carry, finishing with 41 yards on four trips while Marcus Wiltz rushed for 17 yards on five totes while also catching one pass for 12 stripes.
Pre-game information on Patterson was not available at press time Tuesday.