Glen Oaks football coach Donald Clark said there’s been a buzz around his campus surrounding Friday’s District 7-3A contest against University High that preceded this week.
“We’ve been hearing about this one since June,” Clark said. “Everybody’s talked about U-High coming this week and Parkview (Oct. 18) coming a couple of weeks later. Our kids are excited, and it gives a little motivation.”
With Glen Oaks back in its renovated on-campus stadium for a second season, the Panthers (3-1) might be testing the venue’s seating capacity when No. 2 University (4-0, 1-0) visits.
“We’re excited about it,” Clark said. “U-High’s a top caliber program, and we get them at home. I think it’s great for our school. It’s great for our program and the community.”
Capitol (3-1, 1-0) matched its 2012 win total with a 16-13 victory over Redemptorist and also took a step forward with Episcopal (4-0) and The Dunham School (3-1) in the District 6-2A race.
The Lions look to extend their win streak to three facing Istrouma (1-3, 0-1) at Memorial Stadium. All games start at 7 p.m.
“I know they lost to Episcopal, but I looked at the film and saw how hard they played,” Capitol coach Claude Coleman said. “They’re going to play us hard due to the fact a lot of the kids know each other.”
In a pair of other lower classification nondistrict games, Episcopal (4-0) hosts Ascension Catholic (3-1) while West Feliciana (3-1) visits No. 5 Kentwood (3-1).
UNIVERSITY AT GLEN OAKS: After beginning the season with three successive wins Glen Oaks fell to Class 4A Tara, 23-12.
Broadmoor transfer Darius Mickle has taken over as GOHS’ quarterback, having completed 30 of 52 passes for 614 yards and six touchdowns. That’s allowed the Panthers to move versatile Christian Walker from quarterback to wide receiver where he’s caught six passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns to go along with his 220 rushing yards and three scores.
Anfernee Hebert (12-360, four TDs) and Dennis Craig (10-284, six TDs) are the Panthers top receiving threats.
Running back Nick Brossette, the state’s 13th leading rusher, tops University with 85 carries for 650 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“We’ve got to eliminate turnovers in district play,” Clark said. “We’ve got to do a better job of tackling. Brossette’s the talk of the state, so we’ve got to get ready to get in there and mix it up and play four quarters.”
ISTROUMA VS. CAPITOL: Capitol continues to show strides under Coleman, who took over in the sixth week of the 2012 season and led the Lions to two of their three wins and into the state playoffs.
Thanks in part to their ability to persevere through three red-zone turnovers and a determined foe a week ago, Capitol equaled last year’s win total with designs on even more.
“We worked hard all spring and summer, and those guys were really dedicated,” Coleman said.
Senior running back Jamar Robinson is Capitol’s leading rusher with 550 yards and six TDs, while senior receiver J’Vontae Rogers is the top receiver with 227 yards and two TDs.
Coleman also pointed the play of senior middle linebacker Cedrick Whitfield as being critical to his team’s success with three games of 20 or more solo tackles, including 23 last week.
“The kid is amazing, and he does it every week,” Coleman said. “I wonder how he’s going to keep it up, but he just has an instinct for the ball.”