Catholic High-New Iberia coach Brent Indest said his team is ready for Thursday’s game against Vermilion Catholic — the team’s first step in moving past the Jason Pellerin era.
“This is high school football,” Indest said. “Players come in, and then they graduate. Jason did a lot of great things for us last year, but we’re moving on. We’re expecting (sophomore quarterback) Diallo Landry to do some great things for us as well.”
Landry tallied 183 yards in the Panthers’ 21-0 jamboree game win against Central Catholic. Landry engineered a 62-yard drive in the second half and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run.
“We are coming off a good jamboree where we played well,” Indest said. “But Vermilion Catholic is a tough opponent. They present a lot of problems, especially at the receiver position.”
Vermilion Catholic comes off a 35-6 jamboree win over Westminster Christian. The Screaming Eagles offense is led by quarterback Hunter Frith, who threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns in the jamboree.
Frith has no shortage of help in the passing game. Wide receivers Tyler Derouen and Devren Constantine each scored touchdowns in the jamboree. They, along with Payton Trahan, will prove to be a tall order for Catholic to deal with, Indest said.
“We’ve played them the last couple of years, and their speed at receiver is a concern,” Indest said. “Coach (Russell) Kuhns does a good job of getting them prepared, and they play with a lot of toughness and intensity. It’s going to be a challenge.”
Kuhns has taken over play-calling duties this year at VC and said he was pleased with the way his team performed in the jamboree. He said he was specifically pleased with how well Frith has progressed.
“Hunter is getting better every week,” Kuhns said. “I’m really proud of the way he is playing.”
The Panthers will rely more on the running game this year, as senior Seth Pierre will gets his chance to be the bell cow in the Panthers’ backfield. Pierre rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the jamboree.
Despite coming off a trip to the state finals in 2014 and having a lot of promising talent returning, Indest wasn’t quick to make a prediction on the outlook of his 2015 team.
“We’re not looking ahead,” Indest said. “We’ve got Vermilion Catholic this week. We’re just going to go out there, and we’re going to do our best.”