St. Michael the Archangel looks to continue a historic start with a nondistrict game at 7 p.m. at Broadmoor.
The Warriors are 6-0, which is the best start in school history, and the Baton Rouge area’s lone unbeaten in 5A and 4A. And last week, the Warriors defeated Lutcher for the first time.
“I’m proud of our kids,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said. “They’re doing very well, working hard. They believed from the beginning that they could be successful. I’m extremely proud.”
St. Michael is averaging 20.7 points per game while holding opponents to an average of 8.7 points. Broadmoor is 2-4, 1-2 in District 4-5A and has two high-scoring wins against Belaire and Walker, winning 49-6 and 48-46.
Broadmoor co-coach Elliott Wilkins said most of his starters are inexperienced and haven’t played much in the past, but the team is dialed in on themselves and not on St. Michael’s record.
“At this particular stage in the process, we’re focusing on us more so than the opponent and trying to get our things together and what we’re doing playing-wise and skills and technique,” Wilkins said.
There are plenty of storylines going into Thursday’s game. It’s Broadmoor’s homecoming. The two teams are former district opponents. The last two contests have been close — St. Michael erased a 23-point deficit to beat Broadmoor 30-26 last season. And who doesn’t want to give a team their first loss?
Varnado said he has reminded his team of the revenge factor this week while preparing his players.
“It’s a dogfight every year,” Varnado said. “Broadmoor always plays us well, and it always comes down to a couple of plays in the fourth quarter. They’re going to come ready to play.”
The Buccaneers fumbled five times in last year’s contest, something Wilkins looks to improve on this season.
“We’re focusing on playing football, not turning the ball over and not making the same mistakes we made in previous weeks,” Wilkins said.
After two consecutive losses, Wilkins also said with a victory, this game could be the catalyst that turns Broadmoor’s season around and improves morale going back into district play next week.
“If we play well, (a win) can prepare us to play a lot better and gain confidence,” Wilkins said. “The season is kind-of-work in progress. We’re still trying to figure some things out.”