It’s that time of the year again. Mano-a-mano. Or in this case, Catholic League vs Catholic League.
For the next five weeks, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays will simply not be the same. For the next month it will be a clash of District 9-5A titans. Combined the six teams that make up the Catholic League went 25-4 in non-district play. Two teams are undefeated through five weeks; the other four only have one loss each.
For the defending Catholic League champs St. Aug, it’s a basic philosophy when it comes to repeating the title.
“We just got to be focused and take it one game at a time,” said St. Aug coach Cyril Crutchfield. “No game is bigger than the next game or the previous game.”
The Purple Knights (3-1) are coming off their second straight win over national power John Curtis in as many years, but are now focused on the %-0 Crusaders who they will face 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
“Brother Martin, looking at them on film, they’re fundamentally sound,” said Crutchfield. “They do a good job; they have a great offensive scheme. Defensively they run to the ball so we’re going to have our work cut out for us but we’ll rise up to the challenge and give it our best effort.”
St. Aug wide receiver Stanley Morgan scored a pair of receiving touchdowns in the Purple Knights 49-21 win over Brother martin last season, and also had a pair of touchdown receptions last week in the 15-13 win over John Curtis.
“We can’t take them lightly,” said Morgan. “They’re undefeated so at any moment they can take the lead and run with it. We got to go take the mindset we had against Curtis.”
Elsewhere the oldest rivalry in the Louisiana resumes Friday night at Tad Gormely Stadium when a pair of 4-1 teams, Holy Cross and Jesuit square off for the 95th time.
“Oh it is a great rivalry,” said Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo. “When I first came to Holy Cross right off the bat that was the No. 1 game that everybody talked about. It’s mutual respect on both sides of the ball. Jesuit has an outstanding football team this year, they’re 4-1 also right now. We respect them; it’s going to be interesting.”
Rebaudo said he plans to play both of the offensive weapons running back trey Turner and Georgia-commit wide receiver Michael Chigbu after resting the pair in last week's 27-7 win over Bonnabel.
Shaw (4-1) and Rummel (5-0) will wrap up the first week of Catholic League play 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Joe Yenni Stadium. The Megaphone Game resumed last season after a three-year hiatus with the Raiders winning 38-0.
Three games and three chances to walk off the field uttering the phrase, “That’s the Catholic League.”
“It’s one of those things where each week, it’s kind of like the SEC a little bit,” said Rebaudo. “Each of us will get after the other; we know each other extremely well, a bunch of us worked on each other’s staffs at one point. We’ll come to play and everybody else will come to play.”