Abbeville High’s Jaxon Wiggins (4) gets ready to tackle a Vermilion Catholic runner earlier in the season.
Wildcats play Thursday night in Abbeville
Here we are in Week 7, and the Abbeville Wildcats are still trying to find themselves.
The Wildcats sport a 1-5 record and will be at home tonight against the 4-2 Crowley Gents.
Abbeville head coach Kevin Kern is waiting for his team to play up to their potential.
“We have been inconsistent,” said Kern. “One play we do this well and then next play we mess up. We commit a penalty or do something to hurt us. I have not seen us play four quarters of good football.”
The Wildcats are coming off a game, Kern said his team could have won. Against St. Martinville, Abbeville was down 7-0 until the fourth quarter.
To beat Crowley, the Wildcats are going to have to play better, said Kern.
“They are a good team with good athletes,” said Kern.
The one good athlete they have to worry about is Obadiah Butler. He is Crowley’s leading rusher (88-731, 10 TDs) and their leading receiver (26-298, 3 TDs). Crowley quarterback Marquis Garrett has thrown for 772 yards and completed 51 out of 89 passes.
The Gents are on a three-game winning streak, including a 62-38 win over No. 8 rankedMarksville, who was unbeaten before they lost to Crowley.
The Gents beat Washington Marian 44-38 last week.
In its last three wins, Crowley has averaged 47 points a game.
The Wildcats, on the other hand, are still trying to put it together on offense. In the five Abbeville loses, the Wildcats have only scored an average of 7 points per game. Last Friday’s loss to St. Martinville was the first time the Wildcats were held scoreless.
Since 2015, Abbeville has only been held scoreless twice in 46 games.
What has plagued the Wildcats the most is turnovers. They have 18 turnovers through six weeks, including seven interceptions in the last three games. St. Martinville picked off four Abbeville passes alone last week.
Coach Kern began using a two-quarterback system.
Jaidyn O’Brien and Brendan Shelvin share the quarterback duties.
O’Brien has thrown for 238 yards, and Shelvin has thrown for 102 yards.
O’Brien has 130 yards rushing yards.
Abbeville’s leading rusher is Derrian Harrison (58-303 yards).
Crowley head coach Jeptha Wall is not taking Abbeville for granted.
“They are pretty consistent in what they’re doing offensively,” said Crowley head coach Jeptha Wall. “They aren’t super fancy, but they have a decent running back, and the quarterback is a good athlete.
“Defensively, it looks like Abbeville tries and keeps the best players on the field to stay in games, which is smart when you don’t have a high-powered offense,” said Wall. “They play well (defensively) at times and then they just kind of crumble at other times. They stone you for a quarter, and then they just make some mistakes that have cost them.”
This will be Crowley’s first district game. Abbeville is 0-1 in the district.