MORGAN CITY — After a tough loss to Ascension Catholic on the road last week, Central Catholic will return home with hopes of starting a new winning streak.
The Eagles (2-3) will get their first chance when Class 2A Fisher High comes to town for a 7 p.m. matchup Friday.
Last year, CCHS took the trip to Lafitte and routed the Fisher, 40-0.
As for this year’s Fisher squad, CCHS coach David Fuhrer said it likes to run an offense sort of like the veer that is heavy on running.
“They run the ball more than they throw it,” Fuhrer said. “A lot more. They’re going to try to gain three yards at a time. That’s their best defense is to keep us (CCHS’ offense) on the sideline.”
In last year’s contest, Fisher totaled 186 yards, all on the ground.
CCHS is familiar with having to stop the run, especially in last week’s contest, a 42-40 loss to Ascension Catholic in a game the Eagles led at one point by a 20-0 margin.
However, some ACHS adjustments as well as injuries to CCHS defenders Stephano Guarisco and Sage Thibodaux, Fuhrer said, hurt the CCHS defense in their attempts to shut down the run. Fuhrer said Guarisco would be back this week, while Thibodaux’s status for the game is “doubtful.”
“I thought we did a pretty good job for most of a half last week,” Fuhrer said of the first 24 minutes, which CCHS concluded with a 13 point lead.
This week, Fuhrer said his squad’s work included improving its tackling.
“I thought we had a pretty decent week of practice,” the CCHS coach said.
Fuhrer said he expects a “physical” game from Fisher.
While he said last year’s score may not have indicated it, the game was a physical one.
While Fisher is expected to try to run on CCHS, defensively, Fuhrer said he has seen the Gators do some of the same things they did last year against the Eagles.
During the 2011 contest, Fuhrer said Fisher focused on stopping the run, which left CCHS wide receivers with room to move to through the defense. The Eagles’ wide receivers turned those open spaces into big plays.
During last year’s contest, CCHS quarterback Josh Singleton, who now is seeing time at wide receiver, completed a sizzling 18 of 20 passes for 348 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
All but one CCHS touchdown was through the air.
Then-CCHS senior Lloyd Grogan finished the contest with five receptions for 124 yards and a score, while then-junior Dontrell Brown, who is back this year and off to a solid senior season, had four receptions for 100 yards and two scores.
In this year‘s contest, Fuhrer said he and his coaching staff are focused on establishing a running game, too.
“We’re prepared to be able to run the ball also, and I think we can run the ball,” Fuhrer said. “We just got to execute.”
In last year’s contest, CCHS rushed for 197 yards.