MORGAN CITY — The Morgan City Tigers will be battling more than South Terrebonne when the two squads meet Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Morgan City High coach Brandon Nowlin said his squad is battling the injury bug this week with at least linebacker/offensive lineman Carl Singleton out and others bruised.
“We’ve got to have some guys step up this week,” Nowlin said. “We’re banged up. We’re injured.”
Injuries are not the only thing that has plagued the squad recently as it suffered its second consecutive loss, this one to Ellender on the road Thursday.
The Tigers (4-2 overall, 0-1 in district play) failed to convert a two-point conver-sion on a bobbled snap by quarterback Hoang Nguyen as the Tigers were going for the win instead of a tie in its 32-31 loss.
“It’s one of those tough decisions that you got to make as a coach, and you got to live with one way or the other,” Nowlin said of the play call.
Even more disheartening for the Tigers is at one point in their district contest, the Tigers held a 17-0 lead before Ellender was able to get back in the ball game.
Nowlin said his squad “just didn’t do enough” in the second half to secure a victory.
However, he did laud the play of his defense.
Despite the loss, Nowlin knows that a victory Friday would put Morgan City back in contention for a district championship, and more importantly, a playoff berth.
They will get that oppor-tunity when they host a struggling South Terrebonne squad that has struggled this season with a 1-5 overall mark and a 0-2 record in District 9-4A play.
The Gators’ lone win is against H.L. Bourgeois.
“They lost a lot of seniors off last year’s team and they had a good team last year,” Nowlin said of South Terre-bonne.
The coach said, though, of South Terrebonne that, “They play hard. They play physical.”
Nowlin said that South Terrebonne would try to run the ball against his defense and mix in play-action passes.
One player the Tigers will not have to worry about is Justin Johnson, who trans-ferred to Ellender Memorial this week after playing for South Terrebonne in last week’s 49-20 loss to Assumption. Johnson had rushed for 469 yards and five touchdowns for the Gators this season.
On defense, the Gators bring pressure at times and play in a couple of different fronts depending on the opponent, something Nowlin said is different from the past.
“It’s going to be a challenge for us offensively to keep driving the ball and keep executing and put some points up on the board,” the MCHS coach said.
One thing on the Tigers’ side is they will be playing at home where they are 4-0 this year.
Nowlin said it’s a good thing to be playing at home, but if his squad wants to be a successful one, they need to be able to win on the road, too.
“It’s something we’re going to have to do eventually this season,” Nowlin said, obviously referring to the lone away game the team is guar-anteed this season against Vanderbilt Catholic next week.
Friday’s game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff. It will be replayed on KWBJ-TV 22 at 10 p.m. Friday and again at noon on Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Information from the Houma Courier was used in this article.