CHS Football To Compete Against St. Thomas More in “Gold Game”
The Bears square off against Lafayette-area team, St. Thomas More, in a premier game between Louisiana prep powers on Friday, September 25. Both teams advanced to the Division 1 quarterfinals with the Bears losing to Brother Martin and the Cougars bowing to eventual state champion, Jesuit.
The game features two of the winningest coaches in Louisiana history: Dale Weiner and Jim Hightower. Hightower, in his 41st season as a head coach, has a record of 379-116-1, good enough for second all-time in Louisiana high school football. Hightower began his head coaching career at Catholic-Pointe Coupee in New Roads, where Dale Weiner was a young assistant.
Weiner ranks eighth all-time in career wins at 298-107. Weiner began his head coaching career at St. John-Plaquemine with pit stops at Catholic-PC and Trafton (now Dunham). He ranks 4th on the active Louisiana head coaches list in number of wins.
St. Thomas More comes into the ballgame with a 3-0 record with wins over El Dorado High of Arkansas, Sulphur and 2014 4A semifinalist, Plaquemine. The Cougars defeated Plaquemine with a late touchdown and extra point to win 35-34.
The Cougars are led by quarterback WIlliam Bellamy who threw for three touchdowns last week against Plaquemine and McNeese State commitment, Trevor Begue, a WR/RB/KR. The offensive line averages 250 pounds a man across the front and returns two starters from last year. K/P Bailey Raborn is a UCLA commitment and leads the STM special teams. The 4-4 defense is led by returning linebacker starters Will Waguespack, Ethan Broussard and Hunter Markerson.
- The Bears are coming off of their first win of the season, cruising to a 47-7 score over Sam Houston in Lake Charles.
- The Bears held Sam Houston RB Trevantei Thompson to just 99 yards rushing, most against reserves, after the senior back put up close to 300 yards rushing against St. Louis Catholic.
- St. Thomas More is the #2 ranked team in 4A according to the LSWA weekly poll. Neville is #1.
- St. Thomas More has made the playoffs 22 years in a row and has made the state semifinals 4 times in the last 12 seasons.
- Hightower is in his 29th year as head coach at St. Thomas More.
The Bears will host 4A power St. Thomas More at Olympia Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday, September 25. Tickets are available in the Bookstore for $7 in advance and $8 at the gate.
CHS also invites you to #showyourgold at the CHS v. St. Thomas More football game this Friday night. With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness month, CHS fans are being encouraged to wear gold to the game to help build awareness for childhood cancer.
The game will be streamed live through the Bruin Broadcast Network, which can be viewed at http://www.bruinbroadcast.com/. It will also be broadcast live on 104.5 FM beginning at 7 p.m. Fans can follow Facebook and Twitter for live updates during the game. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chsbr and follow us on Twitter at @CHSBRAthletics.