Central Catholic may be facing Gueydan High School this week in District 8-1A action, but for at least the defense, the main focus is on one player: Trevor Derouen.
The Gueydan back, who is one of the state’s leading rushers this season, leads a 4-2 Gueydan squad that will be coming to Morgan City for a Thursday night game.
Derouen has rushed for 1,117 yards on 148 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and scored 16 touchdowns this season in Gueydan’s double wing offense.
For a Central Catholic defense that has had problems at times stopping the run this year, the key will be to limit Derouen’s production on each offensive drive this week and allow its defense to get off the field quickly.
“He’s been around for a long time,” Fuhrer said of Derouen. “(He’s) a steady player for them. He’s got good speed.”
While Fuhrer said Gueydan has some other players that can hurt them, the focal point is Derouen.
“We got to try and get them to punt, and when we get them to punt, we need to take advantage of those opportunities,” he said.
Gueydan occasionally will throw the ball, too, and has had success because teams are so focused on stopping the run.
While Derouen is known for his offensive play, he also must be dealt with on defense where he plays safety.
Because Gueydan only fields 22 players, numerous players see time on both sides of the field.
Although they may be small in numbers, Fuhrer expects to get the usual solid effort from Gueydan.
“It’s not a gimmie,” he said. “We got to go out there and work and play.”
Fuhrer said he expects Gueydan to run a four-man front and try to get to the quarterback and stop the run.
As for Central Catholic, the Eagles have not had trouble scoring for much of the season as it has put up more than 30 points in all but one game this season, at least 40 points in three games and at least 50 in its last two games, including 56 last week in a 56-22 victory against Ascension Episcopal in the Eagles’ district opener.
Central Catholic was led in the victory by quarterback Luke Landry, who rushed seven times for 138 yards and two touchdowns, while completing nine of 17 passes for 158 yards and three more scores. He also threw one interception.
CCHS running back Josh Protti added 16 carries for 126 yards and two scores in the victory, while wide receiver Stephano Guarisco caught two passes for 52 yards, both scores.
Central Catholic totaled 454 yards in the victory (277 rushing and 173 passing).
The Eagles were without wide receiver Dontrel Brown last week as he was resting for this week’s game.
Fuhrer said he would know today whether Brown, who suffered a mild injury two weeks ago in the Eagles’ win against Fisher, would be ready to play Thursday.
“He’s progressed great over the week,” Fuhrer said. “We’re going to check it out.”
Kickoff Thursday is set for 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.