The VC football team had to run sprints across the field when practice ended.
Vermilion Catholic/Catholic High matchup features two good quarterbacks
Tonight’s Vermilion Catholic/Catholic High football game is going to feature the two best quarterbacks in Acadiana who run contrasting styles of offense.
The VC Eagles (0-0) open the season on the road in New Iberia to play the Catholic High Panthers (0-0). The Panthers are coming off a 12-2 year and reached the finals of the Division III state finals two years in a row.
CHS has been able to have success because of their quarterback, Trey Amos. Amos, now a senior, committed to UL in August to play defense.
But when he is on offense, he is the captain of Catholic High’s Wing-T offense.
As a junior, Amos rushed for nearly 1,600 yards and scored 31 touchdowns and averaged more than 10 yards per carry. He also completed 31-of-61 passes for 736 yards and nine touchdowns.
“He is a great athlete,” said VC head coach Kevin Fouquier.
When Vermilion Catholic is on offense, junior Drew Lege is the commander of VC’s offense. The stronger and more experienced Lege is coming off a 2018 year where he threw for a parish-high 3,100-yards and 27 TDs
VC’s top receivers returning are Colin Broussard (27-425 yards), Saul Dartez (17-298) and Camden Sellers (10-185). The new face on the receiving squad is Blair Turner.
Catholic High head coach Brent Indest is well aware of the talent the Eagles have returned.
“The thing about VC is they have 17 returning starters,” the Panthers coach said in the Advocate newspaper last month. “They’re going to be probably better in Game 1 than they were in Game 14 last year. From the start of practice, they can begin the first-day doing Calculus. With all our new starters, we’ll spend the first-day doing addition and subtraction.”
Do not let Indest fool you. Catholic High still has plenty of talent on the field.
Catholic High’s leading tackler of 2018 is back. Linebacker Chis Landry had 75 solo tackles last year with four interceptions.
The Catholic High Panthers and the Vermilion Catholic Eagles were both in the same boat approaching the 2019 football season, which is why they are playing each other tonight.
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. at the Panther Stadium in New Iberia.
Catholic High reached the state Division III championship game the last two years. Vermilion Catholic has reached the Division IV semifinals the previous two years.
Because of both teams success, it became a challenge to locate teams to fill the non-district slate.
“You earn good schedules and you earn bad schedules,” said CHS head coach Brent Indest. “When you’ve been pretty good, it’s tough to find people. We’re playing Vermilion Catholic, which I think is the early favorite to win it all in Division IV. They played toe-to-toe with Notre Dame in the spring.”
Tonight’s game kicks off the crazy pre-district schedule for VC which consists of Opelousas Catholic (Sept. 13), Class 3A Abbeville (Sept. 20), Class 3A Kaplan (Sept. 27) and then Erath (Oct. 4).
“Ready or not here we go,” said VC head coach Kevin Fouquire.