Football Bears to Begin District Play Against East Ascension
Win number 300 came on the road for coach Dale Weiner, as the football Bears went to Lafayette and defeated Teurlings Catholic, 28-14. Weiner became the eighth coach in Louisiana high school history to reach the 300 win. He is one of four active coaches to have membership in the exclusive 300 win club – Weiner, Jim Hightower of S. Thomas More, Louis Cook of Notre Dame and J.T. Curtis of John Curtis are the four head coaches. Weiner is in his forty-first year in coaching and in his twenty-ninth season at Catholic High. Thirty-four years have been served as a head coach with previous stops at Catholic-Pointe Coupee, St. John-Plaquemine and Trafton Academy. Weiner is a 2015 Grizzly Greats inductee and a shoe-in to join current Catholic High and long time coach, Pete Boudreaux, in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Junior running back James Berrigan rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns to pace a Bear offense that scored 28 points in the first half.
Junior defensive end Aaron Moffitt accumulated two sacks, two hurries and four tackles versus Teurlings.
Senior safety Tarick Johnson had a solo tackle on kickoff coverage and was consistently the first man down in kick and punt coverage against the Rebels.
Scoring two touchdowns through the air were Patrick Dunn, from quarterback Ian Brian, and Tyler Mason, on a double pass from fellow receiver Parker Sulik. Intercepting Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley, a 6’7 Arkansas commitment, were Daniel Guilbeau, Tarick Johnson and Connor Bowen. The Bear defense also racked up five sacks against the statuesque Kelley. Junior kicker Parker Fontenot booted all four of his point after touchdowns.
A LOOK AHEAD TO EAST ASCENSION
Catholic opens the district season with the Spartans of East Ascension on Friday, October 9. EA has a 2-3 record coming into 5-5A play. The Spartans opened with a loss to Denham Springs, 23-0; evened their record at 1-1 with a 21-18 victory over Thibodaux; dropped a 38-25 decision to Zachary; fell to Scotlandville by a score of 28-20; and defeated St. Charles Catholic on a last second field goal, 17-14.
EA is led on offense by senior signal caller, Kyran Irvin, a 6’1-200 college recruit. Irvin is the leading rusher for the Spartans and calls his own number early and often. Senior Joshua Bates is 6’0-200 hammer of a running back and is EA’s second leading rushing option. The East Ascension offensive line is one of the smallest the Bears will see this season, averaging just 230 per man up front, but has shown adeptness at opening holes for Irvin and Bates. Gus Gutierrez returns on the o-line for the Spartans. Irvin averages over 100 yards rushing per game in 2015.
The defense is led by returning starter Jayvin Johnson at defensive tackle, safety Johnny Baker, and linebackers Carderius Miles and Maurshaud Melancon. Johnson is a 285 pound first team all-district selection last season and Baker is a ballhawking, fierce-hitting safety. There are six returning starters on defense for EA. Kicker Louis Guidiana is fresh off of his game winning field goal of 33 yards to defeat St. Charles Catholic. Cale Kernan returns from injury to punt and kickoff for the Spartans.
- EA head coach Paul Bourgeois is in his fifth season as the head coach at the Ascension Parish school. He has taken the Spartans to the post-season in three of his four seasons.
- Bourgeois was the head coach at Sulphur High School for eight seasons, taking the Tors to the playoffs six times, including a state finals appearance in 2006.
- EA offensive coordinator Keragan McCready was the offensive coordinator in the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl and was on the offensive staff with Catholic High assistants Gabe Fertitta and Eric Held.
- Defensive coordinator Darnell Lee has head coaching experience at Northwest High in the Opelousas area.
- EA assistant coach Guy Blanchard is in his first season with the Spartans after serving as head coach at Port Allen from 2005-2014.
- EA assistant coach Greg Gathers was a high school standout at defensive line for East St. John and started four seasons for Georgia Tech.
- EA assistant coach Corey Sewell was a high school teammate of Greg Gathers at ESJ and was a four year starter at offensive line for Tulane.
- EA was 6-6 in 2014, going 2-3 in District 5-5A and defeated Sulphur, 52-14, in the first round of the playoffs before bowing in round two to 5A power Byrd.