Lutcher trying to avoid letdown against Terriers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 8, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / September 8, 1999

LUTCHER – A week after beating traditional rival East St. John for thefirst time since 1995, Lutcher will be looking to avoid a letdown against former district foe Vandebilt.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lutcher.In other action involving local Class 3A teams, St. James hosts East St.John while St. Charles Catholic plays at home against Grace King. Bothgames are scheduled for 7 p.m.Lutcher’s Thomas Ricks scored from 6-yards out to cap the Bulldogs’ wild win over the Wildcats. The Bulldogs had rallied from a 28-21 deficit inthe fourth quarter behind the second of two trick plays. Damian Ursinswept right and threw a halfback pass to Risely St. Germain for a 29-yardscore with five minutes left. Earlier in the game, St. Germain had thrown a60-yard pass to Kenneth Johnson off a lateral to tie the score at 21 with 15 seconds left before the half.

Ricks accounted for 68 yards passing and 36 yards rushing in the game.

Jerron Wishom had 71 yards on the ground, including a 65-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. The Bulldogs defense allowed 391 yards in offensebut forced four turnovers, the last setting up the winning score. Thedefense also stopped East St. John five times in Lutcher territory and heldthe Wildcats on the final drive of the game.

The Bulldogs will look to have a similar defensive performance against a Vandebilt team that struggled offensively in a 24-6 loss to another District 9-3A team, E.D. White, Friday. The Terriers were held to five firstdowns and 42 total yards in the game, minus 32 on the ground, while the defense gave up 301 yards rushing.

That defense was supposed to be the strength of the team with three three-year starters. Seniors Craig Rizzo and John Helm lead the defensivebackfield with tackle Digger Porche and ends Glen Breerwood and Christian Coulon leading the charge up front.

The Terriers will be going to a more wide-open offense this season, using the run-and-shoot out of the shotgun. Quarterback John Gordon leads theoffense and will be looking to throw to Helm and Drew Himel. ChrisChiasson and Tim Jones will split time in the backfield.

Down the road, the Bulldogs’ District 9-3A rival, St. Charles Catholic, willbe trying to shake off a 46-7 loss to rival Riverside Friday. It was theComets’ seventh straight loss in the series. St. Charles Catholic was heldto 143 total yards in the contest while the defense gave up 416 yards to the Rebels. The Comets’ only score came when John Mitchell returned aninterception to the Riverside 3-yard line and Todd Babin punched it in from a yard out.

The Comets will be hosting a Grace King team coming off a 27-14 victory over Westgate. The Fighting Irish, playing as an independent this season,are led by quarterback Ray Dees, a four-year starter. Another senior, tightend Jeff Teachworth, will be one of Dees’ main targets. Ivory Robinson andCory Holmes lead the backfield.

On defense, senior defensive end Dennis Beraud is one of the team’s top returning starters.

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