To find out one of the reasons Vermilion Catholic is 12-0, an opposing coach does not need to look at a football stat sheet.
Taking a glance at the Class 1A state track results provides a clue.
“Jacoby Davis was second in the state in the 100-meter dash,” Westminster Christian Academy coach Tommy Badon said. “We don’t have anyone who was first.”
Davis, a sophomore running back, is coming off a 254-yard rushing effort last week in a win over St. Edmund for coach Trev Faulk’s VCHS squad.
“We have to stop him before he gets going,” Badon said. “We aren’t going to catch him from behind.”
Westminster has forged its path through the playoffs behind senior quarterback Thomas Kemp.
The Crusaders outlasted Kentwood, 16-15 last week to reach the quarterfinals after losing in the second round each of the past three seasons.
Westminster will host Vermilion Catholic on Friday night.
“Thomas is not a big yeller or screamer, but when he talks, the kids listen,” Badon said. “When we needed an 80-yard drive at Kentwood, he had two great runs.”
Westminster (10-2) has won nine in a row.
“Going to Kentwood and winning there is not easy,” Badon said. “When we were 1-2, I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to put ourselves in this position.”
A self-evaluation after the first few weeks aided the Crusaders.
“This year, the kids said we want to at least get to the quarterfinals,” Badon said.
“We gauged our first three games and challenged the kids to work on individual areas so the team would benefit. It was, ‘what can you do individually to get better and better the team?’”
CHSNI focused on film
Catholic-New Iberia’s trip to the Class 2A quarterfinals consists of a ride to Shreveport to face defending Class 2A state champion Evangel Christian Academy (7-5). CHSNI coach Keith Menard said it’s important for the Panthers (11-1) to stay focused on the present when facing the Eagles.
“You have to play the team on the film,” Menard said.
“You can’t play against the tradition. Evangel is a very good team. They have played tough teams and battled some injuries early. We aren’t playing the 2009 or 2010 Evangel team. We are playing the 2011 team.”
This year’s edition of the Panthers is led by quarterback Joe Lissard, who has passed for 2,887 yards and 37 touchdowns.
“Joe will continue to be Joe,” Menard said.
“When you play a caliber team of Evangel, our offensive line has to keep him clean and upright.”
STM faces Karr roadblock
With St. Thomas More (11-1) preparing to host Karr (9-3) on Friday night in a Class 4A quarterfinal, STM coach Jim Hightower sees one immediate threat from the Karr defense: a defensive line anchored by end Darrian Dyson and tackles Leonard Washington and Titus Charles.
“Karr has great size on their defensive front,” Hightower said.
“They are really big and mobile. I think three or four of those guys have Division 1 offers.”
St. Thomas More quarterback Brandon Bergeron completed 11 of 15 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns Friday against Franklin Parish. Meanwhile, Karr has allowed seven points in playoff wins over Warren Easton and South Terrebonne.
“Defense has been their calling card,” Hightower said.