Roundup: WSJH & ESJH eye second victories; Riverside faces Rummel

Published 12:22 am Wednesday, September 12, 2018

• West St. John High (1-1) is getting ready for a rare 2018 home game, hosting the Bonnabel Bruins (1-1) this week in Edgard.

Bonnabel has been through two shootouts so far this season, topping Lusher 52-28 in Week No. 1, before losing 48-27 in Week No. 2 to Country Day.

5A Bonnabel went winless last season, scoring less than 60 points combined the whole year. New coach Brett Bonnaffons’ team has scored 79 points in its first two games this season.

The renewed energy will face a stiff test in Edgard, against a Rams team that finished strong during their 26-6 road win last week over South Plaquemines.

Rams coach Brandon Walters said health is his team’s chief concern.

“We have a lot of guys out right now, injured still,” he said. “We’re piecing some things together, trying to hold it. We had a lot of them out (in Week 1). We’re trying to hold the wall until we can get everybody else healthy and healed up.”

One player who is demonstrating strong health and wide shoulders is Kylan Duhe.

Coaches credited the senior running back with 200 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards and two touchdowns last week.

Comets coach Frank Monica oversees his players’ pre-game warmups Sept. 7 in Destrehan.

• Predictably, SCC head coach Frank Monica didn’t have much positive to say about his Comets following their 31-3 defeat Friday in Destrehan.

“Our offense was pitiful,” he said. “We couldn’t hold onto the ball and we didn’t know our assignments. We were completely lost as far as assignments go. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board to see who wants to be up front … defensively we played hard, but we had too many turnovers. We weren’t smart with the ball.”

Monica noted coaches have eight weeks to correct it, but any success depends on if the players allow it.

“We’re a shell of a football team right now,” he said last week. “This team has a fragile confidence, especially on the offensive side, at this point.”

That can change in a week, as the Comets are back home in LaPlace this Friday, hosting Mississippi-based Wilkinson County. It’s a rematch of a Week 3 game from 2017, when SCC hit the road and left victorious, 20-0.

Comets players and fans are hoping for more of the same.

• Facing perhaps the toughest challenge of any St. John the Baptist Parish football team, Riverside Academy hosts Rummel this week in Reserve.

The Rebels certainly welcome the home game after consecutive road losses to Southern Lab and Barbe to open the season.

Things don’t get any easier Friday when the 5A Raiders come to town.

What type of challenge the Raiders present may depend on the health of star receiver and Southern California commitment Koy Moore, who missed last week’s game with an injury.

Even without Moore, Rummel sports a talented backfield, led by running back Jalen Sturgis and UL-Lafayette commitment Chandler Fields at quarterback.