Tigers will host Mustangs in season finale
By GEOFF STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — The Morgan City Tigers will close their season Friday when they host Assumption High at home in a District 8-4A contest.
The Tigers, who enter the game on a four-game losing streak after starting the season 4-0, are trying to cap their 2012 campaign on a positive note.
Earning their fifth win of the season won’t be easy, though, as they will face an Assumption team that is eying the playoffs.
Assumption (5-4 overall, 2-1 in District 8-4A play) entered last week as the No. 22 seed, according to the latest unofficial Louisiana High School Athletic Association power rankings, but lost last week to Lutcher, 35-6, on the road.
That makes a win Friday all the more important for the Mustangs as they seek to make the field of 32 teams in the state playoffs.
As for what Morgan City (4-4, 0-3) will face Friday, Tigers coach Brandon Nowlin singled out senior quarterback Cameron Blame, running back Acquindas Brown and slot receiver Dejuawn Olivier in discussing Assumption.
“Offensively, they do a good job of getting the ball to their playmakers,” Nowlin said. “Their quarterback’s a difference maker.”
Nowlin said Blame is mobile, although he would rather throw down field than run.
In last week’s loss, Blame rushed for 64 yards and completed eight of 17 passes for 143 yards, a touchdown but also threw three interceptions.
As for Brown, Nowlin described him as a “physical” runner.
He said that the Mustangs try to get Olivier the ball in different fashions.
In last week’s win, Olivier caught two passes for 69 yards and scored a touchdown.
He is among the state’s top receivers this year with 37 catches for 827 yards and 11 touchdowns.
On defense, Nowlin said the Mustangs mix things up and bring pressure up front.
“We’re going to have to execute well to play with them and try to get a win,” Nowlin said of his team’s overall challenge for the week.
Nowlin said the Tigers, like other teams at this time of the year, are fighting injuries.
“We just have to have some guys step up and play better,” Nowlin said.
Last week, the Tigers struggled on offense to stop Vandebilt Catholic’s running game, while the Tigers could not get much going in the first half on offense as Vandebilt bolted ahead 40-0 at the half.
The Tigers were able to generate one nice scoring drive on its last possession of the ball game, capped by senior quarterback Hoang Nguyen’s 18-yard pass to fellow senior Luke Marino.
Friday’s game will mark the final time Morgan City’s seniors will play a high school football game.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Information from Bayoupreps.com and The Baton Rouge Advocate were used in this story.