Bulldogs try to regroup for playoff run
By: LANCE REED
The Bulldogs have dropped two straight contests. The Ville Platte High group is 2-4 on the year and 2-1 in district.
Their 34-6 loss to Opelousas Catholic was a sour victory, coming on homecoming. The Dogs still have a shot at the playoffs and to retain their district title. They have to win the remainder of their games and perhaps get some help from some other Class 2A teams.
The Dogs’ offense was not very efficient last week, producing just 103 yards of total offense against an average Opelousas Catholic defense. There were only 19 yards produced in the rushing game. They have to do better this week. The Dogs did collect 83 yards in the air on the arm of Cody Jones who was 8 of 17. The Bulldogs surely have the capability to play better on offense. They simply have to get it back together. Since winning the Tee Cotton Bowl over Sacred Heart, the Dogs have scored just six points and have collected under 200 yards of total offense. Turnovers were also a huge factor against the Vikings of OCHS. The Dogs dropped the ball four times and lost the fumble every time.
Look for VPHS Head Coach Roy Serie to put the ball in the air a lot more tomorrow night. The speedy offense of the Bulldogs should be able to create some opportunities to score. The Dogs have shown to use the short passing game to open up the run. The OCHS defensive secondary could be vulnerable to that strategy. VPHS quarterback Cody Jones seems to be comfortable with the short drop and throw approach.
They usually operate in a 4-2-5 front. They have only two starters from last year’s squad back. Safety Tyler Graham and cornerback James Juneau are the only Crusaders who played defense last year. The front four, which usually has four guys who weigh over 200 pounds, is relatively small this year. Only sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Porche tips the 200-pound mark. He is listed at 260 pounds on the WCA roster. Senior linebacker Eric Scott is the largest of linebackers at 6’2” and 205 pounds.
The WCA offense moves with quarterback James Fontenot. He was a perfect 5 of 5 in the air for 79 yards. He hit Seth Launey on a nine-yard strike. It was Launey’s only catch of the night. Fontenot and Launey do connect often. The Bulldogs will have to know were he is at all times.
The Crusaders’ running game rested mostly on the shoulders of Graham and Chase Rhoney. The two combined for over 250 yards rushing, with Graham getting the only touchdown. Rhoney carried the ball 23 times for 205 yards and Graham was good for 25 yards on six carries. Fullback Aaron Sharp also got the rock six times for 30 yards. Fontenot carries the ball now and then. He called his own number six times for 21 yards against Sacred Heart.
The WCA O-line is the typical Crusader line. They each weigh over 200 pounds, but only center Lucas Breaux has any experience coming into this year. The 5’8” 250-pound senior is flanked with other linemen who do a good job of moving opposing defensive lines out of the way.
Overall, the Crusaders’ Head Coach Tommy Badon does a good job of mixing up the run and the pass. They gobbled up big yards with run and the pass last week. Like most Clas 2A coaches, Badon would prefer run the ball at all costs. Look for Rhoney and Graham to come right at the Bulldogs tomorrow night in front of their home crowd. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. in Bellevue near Opelousas.