Kaplan travels to Catholic High Friday

Several key elements surround the Kaplan Pirates’ District 6-3A tilt at Catholic High of New Iberia.

First, Catholic High is Kaplan head coach Brent Indest’s alma mater. Indest will also square off with his brother-in-law, Catholic High head coach Craig Brodie. Like most coaches, though, Indest is not much into story lines.

“It’s a different situation,” said Indest, “but you just have to focus on the game.

“We have to try to continue to set ourselves up for the playoffs.

The game itself offers much drama. The Pirates (3-3 overall) are 0-1 in district, having dropped their opener to Cecilia on Oct. 10. Kaplan has also not won a district game since 2002.

“That is not something we have mentioned much,” said Indest. “We are just trying to go out and win a game.”

For that to happen, Indest said his team must play better in the second half. The Pirates led Cecilia at halftime and went into the locker room tied with St. Louis, only to be out-scored in the final two quarters of each loss.

“We have to play with more consistency,” said Indest. “We have not been real productive in the second half as much as we have been in the first half. We are jumping on people early and catching them by surprise with our passing game. After a while, opponents settle in.

“It just comes down to we have to focus better in the second half.”

Indest said that starts with having Grettney Roy once again involved.

“We need to come out and establish our fullback game,” said Indest. “We kind of got away from that last week because St. Louis was big up front (on defense).

“We will get Grettney the ball early and go from there.”

Roy leads the Pirates with 728 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He gained 61 yards and scored last week. The team’s second leading rusher, Jordan Jules (485 yards), shone last week with 118 yards on just nine carries.”

The passing game has been a key for the Pirates all season. Michael Landry paces the team with 786 yards in the air. His main target has been Marc Constable, who leads Vermilion Parish with 36 catches and 454 receiving yards. The Kaplan offense will need to hit on all cylinders as Indest said Catholic High is no slouch.

“They are a good football team,” said Indest. Their quarter back (Taylor) Bullock is a legitimate Division I quarterback. He makes it difficult to defend because he will run it sometimes. Defensively they are solid. They have not given up that many points this season.

“We are going to have to go out there and play a complete football game.”

Indest and his team are ready for this game. Just do not expect anyone on the Pirates sideline to be caught up in any side plots.

“The big focus,” said Indest, “is to get through the game with a W.”

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