On the Road to the Dome
Both Breaux Bridge and Cecilia will enjoy home field advantage in the first round of the state football playoffs set for Friday night.
Coach Mike Mowad’s No. 10 Tigers (7-2, 5-1) take on No. 23 Sam Houston (5-4, 3-1) of District 4-4A in the quad-A division while No. 10 Cecilia (7-2, 4-0) hosts No. 23 Brusly (5-4, 2-2) in triple-A.
Both games are set for 7 p.m. Advance tickets ($8) for the BB game will be on sale in the school lobby with the price at the gate set at $9. No advance tickets are being offered for the Cecilia game, with the admission price set at $8.
The Moss Bluff school brings a high powered offense into the bidistrict contest. Sam Houston has scored an average of 31.2 points per game overall and more than 45 ppg during the final four weeks of regular season play.
Sam Houston’s wins have been over Jennings (46-40), LaGrange (41-22), Washington-Marion (42-14), DeRidder (41-24) and Franklin Parish (57-20).
Coach Mike Mowad was quick to point out Monday that three of the four teams they lost to – Westlake (24-7), Barbe (51-7) and Eunice (21-13) – are all undefeated, while their only other defeat came at the hands of Leesville (41-26), a team that finished 9-1.
“They run a spread offense, similar to Teurlings,” Mowad reported Monday. “So it’s not something we haven’t seen before. The big difference is that they have two top-notch receivers, a big quarterback who runs hard, and a very good offensive line.”
Reflecting briefly on last Friday’s 50-19 win over Abbeville when the Tiger offense really got cranking, Mowad expressed his pride in the unit that has struggled at times earlier in the season. “We still saw a few mental mistakes, but hopefully this will give them some confidence as we move into the playoffs.”
Although junior running back Keith Joseph didn’t play at all last Friday and junior lineman Denzel Alexander and a couple of other regulars saw only limited action, Mowad expects the “walking wounded” to continue improvement and likely be close to 100 percent by this Friday.
“This is the playoffs, and we’re emphasizing that one loss ends your season,” the veteran coach added.
Should the Tigers win, they will have to travel next week, meeting the winner of the Neville-West Ouachita game.
Although Cecilia fell behind 7-0 early in the first quarter, the Bulldogs quickly recovered and roared to a lopsided 47-13 win over Catholic High of New Iberia last Friday.
“Our offensive line played really well,” commented coach Terry Landry Monday. “I was really happy with their performance.”
Although Brusly’s 5-4, 2-2 record may not seem overly impressive at first glance, Martin is quick to point out that the squad from District 9-3A is a “really good team. Their defensive line is very big, very physical and very aggressive. It’s a real concern for us.”
Brusly runs the wing-T offense that is keyed by a talented quarterback who works behind a good offensive line.
“This is not going to be a typical first round game,” Martin added. “I was hoping for an opponent that would be not quite so strong.”
They have several players who go both ways and Martin noticed in Brusly’s 66-13 loss to Lutcher that Lutcher was able to break receivers open in the secondary. “It’s something we’re definitely looking at,” he remarked.
Brusly opened its season with wins over St. John (28-0), White Castle (40-0) and Baker (15-0) before falling to St. Michael (14-7). Moving into district play they edged Plaquemine 29-27 before the big loss to Lutcher and a close loss to St. Charles (28-21). They also dropped a 24-20 decision to Donaldsonville in a non-district game and closed out the season by defeating league foe Port Allen 14-7.
Other than the normal bumps and bruises that are expected after nine regular season games the Bulldogs move into the playoffs in good physical condition. The only questionable regular is corner back Lamar Williams, who was involved in an automobile accident over the weekend.
If the Bulldogs win Friday they will be on the road next week, meeting the winner of the Independence-Jennings game.