Broadmoor High and Live Oak High appear to be football opposites. A closer look shows both have some key points in common, the most notable is a desire to garner a nondistrict victory Thursday night.
“I know this is a game both of us want to win,” Live Oak coach David Dykes said. “We were both able to win last week and this is a chance to build more confidence and hopefully some momentum.”
Live Oak (1-1) hosts Broadmoor (1-1) in Watson for one of two Thursday games set for the Baton Rouge metro area tonight.
St. John (1-1) hosts Opelousas Catholic (1-1) in the other game at Plaquemine High’s Canova Stadium. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
While OCHS vs. St. John matches Class 1A teams, the Live Oak-Broadmoor game offers a different story line.
Live Oak, of District 4-5A, is in its second season running Dykes’ spread attack. Broadmoor, of District 6-4A, runs a veer offense, a trademark of coach Rusty Price, now in his 27th year as the Bucs coach.
Though the teams are from different classifications, run the opposite types of offenses and have head coaches with different amounts of experience, there are similarities.
It starts with the fact both lost Week 1 games and then rebounded for wins in Week 2.
Live Oak is the third straight Livingston Parish-based foe from District 4-5A for Broadmoor.
“We just keep doing what we do,” Price said. “For us, the big concern this week is going to be their passing game.
“Their quarterback is a first-year starter and he’s getting better every week. The thing about a passing offense is that if you make a mistake and blow a coverage it can cost you a touchdown. We have to be very careful.”
Just as Price tossed accolades toward first-year LOHS quarterback Cole Leblanc, Dykes made sure to run through a list of things the Eagles have to do to contain Broadmoor quarterback Joshua Rogers, a third-year starter.
“Their quarterback, Rogers, is dangerous,” Dykes said. “He knows how to run their offense and he’s capable of making a big play from any place on the field.”
A week ago, Rogers rushed for 153 yards on 19 carries and scored two TDs. He also tossed a 12-yard TD pass in a 20-6 win over Walker. The Bucs have added a new wrinkle to their option attack that allows Rogers to take snaps out of a more spread-like shotgun formation.
Live Oak jumped out to a 29-0 halftime lead in its game with Class 2A Redemptorist and wound up winning 32-19. Leblanc rushed for 103 yards and also passed for 94 yards.
The big difference for both teams in Week 2 was the absence of turnovers. Live Oak also played a nearly penalty free game.
“If one team starts turning the ball over, I think the advantage will definitely go to the other team,” Price said. “And I think we both know that.”
OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC VS. ST. JOHN: St. John dropped out of the 1A top 10 after its Week 2 loss to Class 3A Livonia.
Christian Primeaux, the Eagles top rusher, suffered a leg injury in that game and will be miss the nondistrict 1A game.
OCHS coach Jeff Jordan served as an assistant coach locally for several years. His son, Josh, was a quarterback at Denham Springs and St. Amant high schools.