MORGAN CITY— If the Central Catholic Eagle football team and its fans associate anything with the words Northlake Christian, odds are it is the meltdown the Morgan City-based squad suffered when it made the trip to Covington last year for a non-district matchup.
Ahead at one point 27-14 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles squandered the lead allowing the Wolverines to score touchdowns on consecutive drives, the last, a 1-yard run with 1:47 left by Northlake Christian Josh O’Rear to tie the game.
Mallory Mele, who gashed the Eagles defense for 226 yards on 24 carries, sealed the victory with an extra point.
After leading for much of the game, the Eagles could not rally as they were stopped on four consecutive downs.
CCHS coach David Fuhrer could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening about this week’s game, the Eagles’ home opener Friday at Tiger Stadium in Morgan City.
While Mele has graduated, O’Rear does return to lead the Northlake Christian offense.
In addition to a rematch from last year’s heartbreaker, the game also is the Eagles’ homecoming contest.
CCHS (1-2) picked up its first win of the season last week, a 41-8 victory against Berwick.
CCHS senior quarterback Luke Landry, who filled in for fellow senior Josh Singleton while the latter sat out CCHS’ week 2 matchup against White Castle, took the reigns as the Eagles’ quarterback in the Berwick game. Landry completed 23 of 34 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the win.
For the season, Landry has completed 34 of 60 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown. He also has thrown three interceptions.
Instead of playing quarterback, Singleton was featured in week 3 at wide receiver, while he also took some handoffs from Landry. Against Berwick, Singleton scored one rushing touchdown and while he caught nine passes for 47 yards.
On the season, Singleton has rushed for 71 yards and a score, and during a week 1 loss to Loreauville, he completed 17 of 28 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns.
Central Catholic’s leading receivers heading into Friday’s contest include Lamar Grogan with 10 receptions for 168 yards and a score, Dontrell Brown with 11 grabs for 130 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Hoffpauir with 14 catches for 100 yards.
As for the CCHS running backs, Josh Protti had a breakout game against Berwick as he rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. He leads the Eagles’ rushers this season with 169 yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns, while Landry has contributed 32 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
In the Berwick game, CCHS unveiled a new wrinkle in its offense as it used several option pitches to move the ball down the field.
Information from the St. Tammany News was used in this article.