Northlake Christian still recalls lopsided playoff loss to Catholic-New Iberia last season _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Northlake Christian coach Tony Agresta


After a perfect regular season in 2013, that was the score which put an end to the season for the Northlake Christian Wolverines in the second-round of the state playoffs against Catholic High of New Iberia.

Now, Northlake Christian looks to even the score.

No. 9 Northlake Christian (9-2) travels to New Iberia to face the top-seeded team in Division III in Catholic-New Iberia (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Looking to win their second-consecutive road playoff game, NCS rallied for a 27-21 win against Episcopal last week.

“Anytime you are able to come back from a two-touchdown deficit on the road against a good football team it is an accomplishment,” Wolverines coach Anthony Agresta said. “I’m very proud of my team and their resiliency. We stuck with the game plan, remained calm and went out and got the job done.”

Now getting their second chance against Catholic-New Iberia, Agresta said he and his team are looking forward to the challenge Catholic-New Iberia presents.

“We are under no illusions about who we are playing,” he said. “I don’t have to tell my team that. I will tell you this though; we are not going to New Iberia to round out a bracket. We have a game plan and preparing to go out there and win.

“We understand how good they are and we respect their program, but we just have to beat them once.

“Our players remember what happened last year. We as a coaching staff use it as a teaching tool to try and prevent the things we didn’t like what happened last year from happening again.”

While he hopes his players learned a lot from their experience a year ago against Catholic-New Iberia, Agresta said his coaching staff also learned a lot as well.

“When an opponent is unfamiliar to us, besides what you see on film, you can’t always tell how good they really are until you go up against them,” he said.

“We learned that last year, and we know how good those guys are. We know how quick and powerful they are and what they are capable of.”

The Panthers are led by senior quarterback Jason Pellerin. An Ole Miss commitment, Pellerin threw six touchdowns passes in the 2013 win over NCS and rushed for two scores.

“We have to try and get off to a better start than we did last year,” Agresta said. “We know we cannot put ourselves in a hole. Catholic-New Iberia ran the opening kick back for a touchdown and was up 21-0 before we really looked up. We cannot let that happen again.”

The Wolverines are led by running back Miguel Black. The Northlake Christian tailback has rushed for 1,698 yards.

“He is a workman-type player and very important to our success,” Agresta said. “But we know we cannot just rely on him.

“Everyone on this squad is going to have to contribute in every aspect of the game if we want to be successful. (Black) draws a lot of attention, and that means other guys are going to get the chance to step up.”