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Comets out to stop Seton’s wide-open attack

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / September 23, 1998

LAPLACE – For the second season in a row, St. Charles Catholic will lookto bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to Christian Life when they host Redeemer-Seton Friday night at Thomas Dupuy Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.The Comets will be looking to get into the win column after starting the season with three losses. The latest came in overtime against ChristianLife, 19-16. St. Charles Catholic opened the scoring in the extra period ona 25-yard field goal by Christian Panquerne but the Crusaders came back with a 3-yard run by Ronald Johnson for the winning points. Last season,Christian Life scored on a touchdown in the final two minutes to defeat the Comets, 23-16.

Wayne Stein led the Comets Friday night with 86 yards on 15 carries.

Stein has carried the ball 45 times this season for 245 yards. Nick Monicacompleted 5 of his 14 passes for 50 yards, giving him 291 yards on 19 completions in 35 attempts. John Price has caught nine passes for 150yards.

The defense allowed just 142 total yards and came up with two stands inside the 20-yard in the second half. But turnovers continued to haunt theComets, who fumbled four times against the Crusaders.

“I am proud of the way the defense hung in there,” St. Charles Catholiccoach Wayde Keiser said. “But they were on the field entirely too long. Wecannot give up turnovers near our boundary and expect to hold them every time.”The Comets will face a potent offense this week against Redeemer-Seton, a member of District 10-2A. The Rams switched from the Wing-T to therun and shoot this season and the move has paid off as Redeemer-Seton has split its first two games after going 2-8 last season. The Rams had agame canceled against Chalmette in week two.

Redeemer-Seton fell to St. Paul last week, 28-19, despite 184 yards andtwo touchdowns passing by Leon Miller. Miller also ran for 76 yards and ascore. Tyler Martin caught three passes for 108 yards while Alfred Howardadded two catches for 63 yards.

The Rams opened the season with a 38-0 victory against Lutheran. Millerpassed for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Howard caught two of thosepasses for 117 yards and two scores. For the season, Miller is 11-of-34for 346 yards and five touchdowns.

Miller operates behind an offensive line that includes senior Frank McCray and sophomore Alfred Jeanmarie. The question mark on defense is thesecondary led by senior safety Jason DeCuir and senior cornerback Brandon Harris.

“Miller is a really superb athlete,” Keiser said.

“They play a no-huddle, wide open offense. They like to throw the ballaround a lot and have really nice size up front.”Last season, Miller ran for 102 yards against St. Charles Catholic, but theComets kept the rest of the Rams in check for a 38-6 victory. The Cometsscored on all but one of their first half possessions and gained 365 yards in total offense.

Stein had 79 yards and Julian Ward added 69 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Ty Monica combined with Price for two scoring strikes. TheComet defense did not allow the Rams to cross midfield until the fourth quarter.

St. Charles Catholic hosts Berwick next Friday while Redeemer-Setontravels to Brusly.

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