The first time Country Day football coach Joe Chango met with his new football team his message was simple.
“The first day he told us ‘We’re going to work hard and we’re going to compete hard and we’ll see what happens,” running back Jace Griffin said.
The seeing has been kind to the Cajuns through seven unbeaten games. Friday they dismantled Sophie B. Wright 56-6 in a District 9-2A game at Country Day.
Fifty-six points is the norm for an offense that feeds off Griffin’s running and pass receiving. To date, Country Day has scored 391 points, (59.9 ppg).
Griffin added four more touchdowns, three by runs and another on a 68-yard pass reception against Wright. He has 25 TDs for the season.
But everyone at Country Day seemed in a hurry to put the first seven games in the rearview mirror.
Country Day (7-0, 2-0) is ranked No. 4 among small schools in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10.
During the next three weeks, the Cajuns play at No. 5 Newman, at No. 1 Riverside and close the season against No. 2 St. Charles Catholic at Muss Bertolino Stadium.
“These (next three games) will be different from the first seven we played,” said sophomore defensive back Price Petagna, who had two of Country Day’s four interceptions Friday. “These are the toughest on the schedule.”
“There are probably people who don’t think we can play with these guys.”
Country Day started sluggishly, but the first interception seemed to jump-start the offense.
A quick four-play blitz covered 59 yards and gave Country Day a 7-0 lead midway through the first period. It ended with Christian Kerut’s 28-yard touchdown pass to John Wagner.
The Cajuns marched 65 yards to take a 14-0 lead near the first quarter’s end.
Griffin finished it on the 10th play on a 2-yard run. He ran for 130 yards on 23 carries and caught six passes for 184 yards. His 68-yard touchdown came after a reception in the backfield when he appeared trapped for a loss.
Country Day led 35-0 by halftime, but Griffin suggested the first half was anything but perfect.
“In the first half, we made a lot of mistakes,” he said. “At halftime, we corrected them, and the second half was a lot better.”
Chango said his team has started slowly in its past two games.
“We’ve done this for two weeks,” Chango said. “We cannot continue this.
“If we bring our best game (against Newman), it’s going to be a dogfight. We need to focus on that. ... from the beginning.”
Wright’s only score came on a late 3-yard run by Brandon Williams.
Wright’s Dejuan Peters was tackled hard just before halftime and lay motionless before appearing to move his limbs. He was immobilized and transported after the game for “precautionary” reasons.