SCC greets familiar faces in CLA

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 27, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 27, 1999

LAPLACE – The road for the St. Charles Catholic Comets does not get anyeasier as they begin a season-ending two-game homestand against Christian Life Friday night at Thomas Dupuy Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.St. Charles Catholic (1-7 overall, 0-3 in District 9-3A) is coming off ahard-fought 14-9 loss at Donaldsonville. The Comets held the Tigers to139 yards in offense but had two big returns against them – an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 75-yard return of a blocked field goal that set up another score. St. Charles Catholic gained 240 yards in offensebut committed six turnovers, including five interceptions.

This week, the Comets will be facing their third ranked team in four weeks. Christian Life was ranked 11th in the Class 2A poll last week. TheCrusaders come into the game with a 6-2 record overall and lead District 7-2A with a 4-1 record.

Christian Life is led by a familiar face in the River Parishes – senior quarterback Stefon Lefors. Lefors helped the Crusaders to an important33-22 district victory over Clinton last Friday, completing 18 of his 38 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and scored the winning touchdown on a 41-yard run with three seconds remaining.

Lefors is second in the area in Class 2A in passing, having completed 77 of his 138 passes for 1,450 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing six touchdowns. His best game came against St. Helena Central two weeks agowhen he passed for 348 yards and five touchdowns in a victory.

Senior receiver Raymond Mason, another name known locally, is Lefors’ favorite target with 30 catches for 674 yards and 12 touchdowns heading into last Friday’s contest. Mason had touchdown receptions of 8 and 26yards against Clinton and also returned a fumble 19 yards for a score on the final play of the game. Tight end Michael Clayton is another top target.LeFors is also the Crusaders’ leader on defense after picking off 11 passes a season ago. Clayton also adds experience to the defensive backfield. Thelinebacker corps is another experience group with Eric Schmolke and Nic Bernhard returning.

The last two meetings between the teams have been nailbiters. ChristianLife defeated the Comets in Week 3 of the 1998 season, 19-13, in overtime. The year before, LeFors threw a 52-yard touchdown in the finaltwo minutes to defeat the Comets, 23-16.

St. Charles Catholic closes out the season at home next Friday against E.D.White.

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