While it may be week 2 of the high school football season, Morgan City and Berwick actually will be playing their first games of the season, thanks to Hurricane Isaac.
Isaac forced the cancellation of Berwick’s matchup at Chalmette, while Morgan City cancelled its game against Comeaux due to a lack of practice time.
Morgan City coach Brandon Nowlin said he and his team are happy to be playing a game and get in the normal football groove.
“Everybody’s ready to get the season rolling,” he said.
Berwick coach Craig Brodie said his squad has been focusing on conditioning and fundamentals since they returned to practice Friday.
“These kids were off for almost a week without doing anything,” he said.
Brodie said once he found out they were not playing Chalmette, they began watching film on Morgan City from last year, so the coaches and players had more time to prepare for their week two matchup.
“That’s always a good thing,” Brodie said.
Even though they didn’t play in week 1, Nowlin said he was hopeful his squad has cleaned up the number of penalties it had in its 6-0 loss to Franklin in the St. Mary Parish Jamboree, as well as other mistakes.
As for the Tigers’ opponent, Nowlin said Berwick runs a spread offense and also try to use some inside runs.
On defense, he said he has seen them play a 4-3 scheme as well as some Cover 4.
He said Berwick brings pressure sometimes with their linebackers, depending on the down and distance.
“Coach Brodie has done a good job over there in the short time he’s been over there,” Nowlin said.
While Nowlin said his squad will be game planning for what Berwick does, they are more concerned about executing and competing at a high level.
As for Morgan City, Brodie said the Tigers do not run a lot of plays on offense, but they use a lot of different formations. He said they shift people and put people in motion, while they also run dives and use pitches in their offense.
On defense, he said they run a 3-4 but sometimes will switch to a 4-3.
“That makes it difficult to prepare for because you have to work plays against both those things,” he said.
Friday’s game is different than some matches too, because players know each other.