Hurricane Isaac blew away the first week of high school football for some in south Louisiana as several games have been canceled.
Others, including the Central Catholic-Loreauville game, have been rescheduled. CCHS and Loreauville will play Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Morgan City at 6 p.m.
Last season the Eagles beat the Tigers in the final minutes, 15-12.
On the 3-yard line, Lloyd Grogan ran to the left of the offensive line and looked to be wrapped up on the fourth down play, but he was able to get turned around and pitched the ball back to quarterback Josh Singleton.
Singleton made a quick move to his right and dove into the end zone for the go-ahead score. Singleton was hit hard on the play and went to the grass, so Luke Landry came on in his place for a two-point conversion to give the Eagles a three-point lead.
Landry zipped a pass to Dontrell Brown to earn the two points, and it would hold up for the win.
Saturday’s game may be just as exciting.
“They look like the Loreauville of old,” Central Catholic head coach David Fuhrer said. “They are big and fast. They have good size on the line and great skilled people.”
Singleton was 13-for-25 passing for 130 yards and a touchdown along with nine yards rushing on 11 carries with a touchdown in last season’s comeback win.
Singleton enters his third year as the Eagles’ starter. In 2011, he completed 158 of 247 passes for 2,588 yards and 30 touchdowns. He tossed just five interceptions.
The senior also rushed for 475 yards on 96 carries and scored five touchdowns.
Singleton and Landry will split time at quarterback this season.
The Eagles also return Brown, their leading receiver. He snared 38 catches for 839 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as a junior, while junior Tyler Hoffpauir hauled in 31 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.
CCHS lost to Patterson, 20-6, in the Morgan City Jamboree during a driving rain storm last week.
The weather also may be a big factor in Saturday’s season opener.
“The weather conditions may limit what we can do,” Fuhrer said. “It’s no secret that we want to throw the ball, but if we’re forced to run the football, I think we can do that as well.”
CCHS and Loreauville both will be without their big offensive weapons of a year ago.
The Eagles must replace Grogan’s 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns, while the Tigers must replace Nick Julien’s school-record 1,936 rushing yards.
“They still have several good athletes who can run the football,” Fuhrer said. “They’re a spread team, but they want to run. We have to stop the run if we want to win. We gave up way too many rushing yards last season.”
Central Catholic planned to gather for a walkthrough Thursday and today.
“This is not an ideal situation with weather and the missed practice time, but the season is here and we will be ready to go,” Fuhrer said.
CCHS opens the season ranked seventh in Class 1A in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s high school football poll, while Loreauville is ranked seventh in Class 2A.