Last year, it was up to then-sophomore Aldon Clark to help lead Karr against Warren Easton in a game that helped decide the District 9-4A championship.
Karr may be turning to a sophomore yet again.
Clark suffered a right-ankle bruise Friday against Belle Chasse and was a game-time decision Thursday as the team awaited MRI results. In his place, sophomore quarterback Skylar Perry could draw the start.
Perry has taken reps with the first-team offense all week, and there’s a belief at 3332 Huntlee Drive that the sophomore could make his first career start.
“Skylar Perry is ready,” first-year Karr coach Brice Brown said. “We came up with a game plan that best suits both quarterbacks. We double-worked ourselves just in case. We put pressure on our quarterbacks in the film room and at practice. Both are suited for this offense. It’s a matter of execution, not who’s behind center.”
Last year’s meeting between Karr and Easton pitted a surprising Cougars squad against an Eagles team that was widely considered the district favorite.
This go-round, the characters are the same but the roles are reversed.
Easton was thought to be in rebuilding mode, while Karr sported a deep roster of seasoned talent.
However, three weeks into the season, the Cougars were 0-3 and off to their worst start in the Algiers school’s history. Adjustments needed to be made, but optimism remained.
“Anytime you start 0-3, there’s some concern,” he said. “We re-evaluated some positions, some personnel and stepped away from the game, and that helped us prepare for the second season (district). The last couple of weeks, we’ve scored an abundance of points and played opportunistic defense. That’s Karr football.”
Nevertheless, players were unfazed about their prospects of a seventh consecutive district crown.
“We just have a confidence here as a program,” senior wide receiver Kenneth Simmons said, “and we’re confident about our chances in district.”
Standing in the way of Karr is an Easton team that’s won six in a row in convincing fashion.
Easton has outscored its opponents 302-53 during its win streak, which is similarity to Karr. Meanwhile, the Cougars have scored 178 points compared to their opponents’ 33 during its four-win run.
“They remind me of ourselves,” Brown saidd. “A fast-tempo, no-huddle spread with playmakers at receiver and a solid run game. (Defensive coordinator) Jerry Phillips has done an outstanding job getting prepared with some young guys, so it’s going to be a good test for us and I look forward to the challenge.”
No other team in the district has figured out Karr or Easton, but only one of these Class 4A contenders will escape Thursday night’s showdown at Pan American with an unblemished mark in league play.
Karr believes it has an answer for the high-flying Eagles. It’s boils down to execution.
“We want to rise to the occasion,” junior linebacker Darnell Bridges said. “We have a game plan and a scheme, and if we do what we’ve prepared to do, then that’ll be the result.”