Bulldogs not resting on their laurels

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 13, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 13, 1999

LUTCHER – Lutcher bounced back nicely from a defeat at Assumption, blanking St. Charles Catholic, 28-0, Friday in its District 9-3A opener.But Lutcher coach Tim Detillier knows his team cannot afford to rest on its laurels, especially in district play.

“It was our first district win but in this league, you really have to move on,” Detillier said. “There are no off weeks in this district.”Lutcher certainly cannot afford a let up this week as they travel to Thibodaux to play E.D. White in what is quickly becoming one of the bestrivalries in the area and not just in football. E.D. White defeated theBulldogs in the Class 3A baseball state championship game in May.

“It’s going to be tight and close,” Detillier said. “We have a pretty healthyrivalry going on and in every sport. It’s going to go down to the wire. Whenwe get together, anything could happen.”Detillier expects a low-scoring game especially with the way both teams’ defenses have been playing. E.D. White held a potent Riverside team to 235yards and 21 points and have allowed a total of 79 points through six games. Strong safety Nick Grabert and defensive halfback Brandon Mackeylead the defense.

Lutcher held St. Charles Catholic to 14 total yards Friday, minus 26 on theground.

“It was a heck of an effort,” Detillier said of his defense Friday.

Both teams do have strong offenses. Lutcher gained 337 yards Friday, 248yards coming on the ground. Damian Ursin carried 20 times for 98 yardsand a touchdown while Jerron Wishom had 94 yards and a score on 17 carries. Thomas Ricks added 51 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.E.D. White gained 201 yards, 168 on the ground. Quarterback J.J. Taborscored twice on runs. The Cardinals run out of the wing-T and featureJustin Chiasson, Jon White and Eric Tate in the backfield.

Lutcher had to overcome not only the weather and the Comets Friday but also 13 penalties for 124 yards.

“We’re making mistakes,” Detillier said. “(In the E.D. White-Lutcherseries), the team that makes the least amount of errors usually comes out on top. We have to keep the mistakes to a minimum.”Detillier, known for his surprise plays on the field, pulled one before the game Friday, introducing gold jerseys for the team. Detillier said he hadplanned for the team to wear the new uniforms for the first district game since last Spring, before the district schedule was even picked, but that the players did not know about them until a few hours before game time.

“We now have a variety of uniforms,” Detillier said, adding that it’s a trend of the 1990s for teams to have a combination of uniforms.

Lutcher hosts Covington in non-district action next Friday.

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