Even though his team is playing fourth-ranked Lutcher High in a crucial District 6-4A game, Broadmoor High coach Rusty Price said the mission doesn’t change.
“When you run a veer offense, the object is always to take whatever the other team gives you,” Price said. “You have to have a quarterback who can make the reads, the right decisions, and we do.
“But to be honest with you, with a team like Lutcher there really aren’t weak areas to attack. That’s why we’ve spent most of this week working to make sure we do the things we’re supposed to well.”
Broadmoor (3-1, 1-0) travels to Lutcher (3-1, 1-0) for the 6-4A game that helps highlight Friday’s football schedule for Class 5A-4A in the Baton Rouge area. Games start at 7 p.m.
Other 6-4A games are Plaquemine (1-3, 0-0) vs. Tara (1-3, 0-1) at Olympia Stadium and Belaire (0-4, 0-1) at Istrouma (0-4, 0-1). St. Michael (4-0, 1-0) travels to Jewel Sumner (2-2) for a nondistrict game.
Nondistrict games make up the rest of the schedule. Second-ranked Dutchtown (4-0), of 5-5A, travels to play former district foe Destrehan (2-2). Two games cross over from District 4-5A to 5-5A. Central (2-2), of 4-5A, hosts 5-5A St. Amant (3-1), while 4-5A Denham Springs (3-1) hosts East Ascension (3-1).
Woodlawn (2-2) hosts second-ranked Breaux Bridge (4-0), of Class 4A. Catholic High (0-4) travels to play 3A power Parkview Baptist (1-3) for the first time. Live Oak (2-2) travels to play Class 2A No. 3 University (4-0). Meanwhile, Walker (1-3) travels to play Class 2A West St. Mary (4-0).
Lutcher, led by running back Daniel Taylor with 622 rushing yards and quarterback Ruston Matherne with 451 passing yards, is a heavy favorite. Lutcher coach Tim Detillier offers some opposition to that point of view, noting the play of BHS quarterback Joshua Rogers, who ran for three touchdowns and passed for another last week.
“I still stand by my initial assessment: Broadmoor has talent, and we know they’ll play hard,” Detillier said. “The difference in depth is a concern for them. The first couple of games, we had issues with turnovers. If we fall back into that, Broadmoor is the kind of team that can capitalize. We need to play a complete game.”
Figuring it out
Woodlawn has already displayed a penchant for scoring. The Panthers, who have scored 41 points twice, host a Breaux Bridge team with plenty of its own firepower.
BBHS has two receivers who are LSU commitments, Travin Dural and Kavahra Holmes. A third LSU commitment, Lamar Louis, is playing running back along with defense.
“We’re at the point now where we’re trying to figure this thing out,” WHS coach Don Jones said. “Last week we found ways to self-destruct. We can’t afford that this week.”
Down, not out
Catholic High is 0-4 for the first time since 1972, making tonight’s showdown with 3A Parkview (1-3) not quite what was expected.
Catholic coach Dale Weiner notes both teams have been hampered by injuries and have been close to putting things together. Those worried about whether Weiner’s Bears can hold it together shouldn’t.
“You hear about changes in attitude or work ethic when teams lose four games like we have,” Weiner said. “I don’t see any of that. These guys continue to work hard. They lift me up.”