The Vermilion Catholic Eagles have a lot riding on this game. For starters, a win puts them at 5-0 in district and the new district champs. It also could move the Eagles up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the final Division IV Power Point ratings.
Vermilion Catholic, Central Catholic playing for district title
MORGAN CITY Central Catholic High School will meet Vermilion Catholic High School in Morgan City tonight for the District 8-1A title.
Central Catholic (5-3 overall, 4-0 in district) comes into the contest after defeating Highland Baptist 42-6 a week ago.
Meanwhile, Vermilion Catholic (8-1, 4-0) defeated Covenant Christian 45-0 last week. Vermilion Catholic is ranked No. 3 in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A poll.
Vermilion Catholic also is ranked No. 2 in the latest unofficial Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division IV power rankings, and Central Catholic is ranked No. 11 in the latest rankings.
The visitors from Abbeville come into Friday’s contest having won seven straight. The squad’s lone loss this season was a week two setback to Opelousas Catholic, 33-21.
Vermilion Catholic is averaging 46.5 points per game in the district and is surrendering 7.5 points per contest in league play, while Central Catholic averages 43.8 points per game in the district and is surrendering 6.5 points a contest in league play.
Central Catholic Coach Tommy Minton said Vermilion Catholic has a “talented offensive team.”
Leading Vermilion Catholic this year is the squad’s passing game.
Quarterback Drew Lege has completed 138 of 199 passes for 2,295 yards with 21 touchdowns and two interceptions.
“The quarterback (Drew Lege) got more than 2,000 yards passing on the season, and they want to throw the ball,” Minton said. “They want to spread the field and throw the ball. He’s very accurate, does a good job with their passing. They do a good job of spreading the ball around.”
Lege’s leading receivers are Saul Dartez, who has 29 receptions for 551 yards and six touchdowns; J. Rob Allums, 20 receptions for 355 yards and three touchdowns; and Joshua Sagrera, 14 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
Moe Maxile is the team’s leading rusher with 64 carries for 432 yards and seven touchdowns, while Andre Leblanc has 47 carries for 305 yards and six touchdowns.
“Defensively, they like to give you multiple fronts and mix things up on defense,” Minton said.
The Central Catholic coach said he thought the Eagles would see Vermilion Catholic stack the box and utilize a four-man front.
For Central Catholic, Davidyione Bias leads the run-heavy CC Eagles as he has carried the ball 151 times for 990 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Other top Central Catholic ball carriers are Hugh Hamer, who has 68 carries for 542 yards and four touchdowns, and Kye Morgel, 37 carries for 333 yards and five touchdowns.
Through the air, quarterback Ryan Miller has completed 49 of 86 passes for 637 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.
Nathan Hebb is Central Catholic’s top receiver with 14 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while Carter Williams has nine receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. Grant Stansbury has added eight catches for 100 yards and one touchdown.
On defense, VC is led by linebacker Jacque Touchet, who has 75 tackles. Touchet, however, has missed the last two games due to an injury.
Andre LeBlanc is second on the team in tackles with 67 tackle, and he also has four sacks. Josh Sagrera has 61 tackles.