The process of trying to rebuild St. Martinville’s football program hit its first stumbling block a week ago.
The Tigers, who have enjoyed increased roster numbers under first-year coach Vince DeRouen, battled to a scoreless tie in the jaStmboree with Class 5A Carencro and opened the regular-season with a 32-0 win over Jeanerette.
St. Martinville (1-1) must now show it can rebound from a 21-12 setback to Assumption, hosting Eunice (2-0) at 7 p.m. in one Thursday’s featured games in the Acadiana area.
“The sky’s definitely not falling,” DeRouen said. “We’ve had a good week of practice. Eunice is a really good opponent and with the people we’ve got coming back, we should be fine if we do our part.”
Beau Chene (2-0) looks to maintain its quick start, traveling to St. Landry Parish foe Port Barre (1-1) at 7 p.m., while Class 1A’s No. 7 team Central Catholic-Morgan City (2-0) hosts Ascension Catholic (1-1) at Morgan City High School.
“Hopefully we can go out and continue playing good defense,” Beau Chene coach Josh Guidry said. “We have to take care of the ball in order to come out of there with a victory.”
Central Catholic’s looking forward to its home opener after road wins over St. John of Plaquemine and Opelousas Catholic.
“I feel like we’ve made steady progress from the jamboree, which is the key, and that’s to be moving in a positive direction,” CCMC coach Tommy Minton said.
“The kids are excited about playing at home and so is the school, especially after a 2-0 start.”
EUNICE-ST. MARTINVILLE: One area that gives DeRouen a sense of optimism this week is the return of veteran offensive lineman Tre Alexander and Austin Latiolais to try to help St. Martinville control the line of scrimmage and open holes for running backs Kain Pitre and Deantre James.
“They’re athletic and run their offense really well,” DeRouen said of Eunice. “They’re real efficient and that scares us. Hopefully we can control the ball and try and keep it away from them as much as we can.”
BEAU CHENE-PORT BARRE: Beau Chene has relied on a stable of running backs to this point, a group that helped register 251 yards on 44 carries in last week’s 26-8 win over Pine Prairie.
Because several of those players also play defense, Guidry has platooned a new set of backs every two to three plays, ranging from quarterback Savion Broussard to running backs Charles Williams, Jylen Henry, Kenneth Folse, Braylen Gregory, Trevor Young and Markaylin Milburn.
“We went over there last year and snuck out a one point victory on a missed extra point at the end of the game,” Guidry said. “I’m sure their kids are going to be looking at the revenge factor.”
ASCENSION C atholiC -CENTRAL CATHOLIC: Minton said the return of a veteran group of players enabled him to construct such a challenging front portion of this year’s schedule.
On the flip side, though, the Eagles will play four of their last five at home, including big District 7-1A games with Vermilion Catholic and Ascension Episcopal.
Running back Stefano Guarisco is the team’s top offensive threat with 549 yards rushing and nine TDs.
“When the schedule started laying out like it did that was one thing that allowed me to go ahead and make the schedule like that,” Minton said of his returning experience.