After last Friday’s Week 1 victory, Opelousas Catholic head coach Dane Charpentier said his team needed to clean up their mistakes to beat Central Catholic.
His team was not able to do that.
Several penalties, bad snaps and Eagles’ running back Stefano Guarisco led to Central Catholic’s 32-20 win over OC Friday night at Donald Gardner Stadium in Opelousas.
“It looked like the first scrimmage of the year,” Charpentier said. “I’m having a hard time digesting what I saw on the offensive side of the football. It was a lack of execution on a massive scale.”
Guarisco, Central Catholic’s best player, followed his 405-yard, five-touchdown Week 1 rushing performance with four touchdowns and 301 all-purpose yards Friday.
“He’s a hell of a football player,” Central Catholic head coach Tommy Minton said after the game. “We blocked some people up front. They had eight or nine people up in the box. The offensive line has done a great job two weeks in a row and he (Guarisco), runs very hard.”
Guarisco got things started before fans could get settled in their seats.
He took the opening kickoff 85 yards for the touchdown. He ran in the two-point conversion to give Central Catholic an 8-0 lead 10 seconds into the game.
A botched snap sailed over punter Aaron Whipp’s head out the back of the endzone for a safety to extend Central Catholic’s lead to 10-0 early in the first quarter.
The Vikings saw two other snaps sail over Labbe’s head for losses of 14 yards and 15 yards respectively.
After OC’s Sam Jarrell intercepted Blake Byrne’s pass in the endzone for a touchback, Labbe broke loose for an 80-yard run on a quarterback keeper to cut Central Catholic’s lead to 10-7 with about four minutes left in the opening quarter.
Facing a fourth down and 11, Central Catholic’s Demarcus Mitchell connected with Jalen Johnson for 24 yards to the two yard line to set up a Guarisco touchdown run on the next play. Mitchell ran in the two-point conversion to give the Eagles an 18-7 going into halftime.
Early in the fourth quarter, Labbe found Aaron Miller for a 6-yard touchdown. After a failed two-point attempt, the Vikings trailed 18-13.
On Central Catholic’s next drive, Mitchell threw a 67-yard touchdown toGuarisco to give his team a 26-13 lead following a successful two-point conversion.
Miller scored on a 47-yard screen pass from Labbe with 7:50 to go to cut the gap to 26-20 with 7:50 left in the game.
After the a quick stop by the defense, OC’s offense got the ball back, but a bad snap on first down hurt the drive and it resulted in a turnover on downs after a halfback pass to wide receiver Jacobi Richard was a yard short.
“We’re not going beat nobody, much less a good team like that fighting them and ourselves,” Charpentier said. “They’re (Central Catholic) a really good football team. They executed when it counted and we didn’t. It hurts because I feel we let one get away.”
Guarisco shut the door on a Viking comeback with a 10-yard run out of the Wildcat formation. He finished with 152 yards rushing with two scores.
Labbe led OC with 127 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown. He went 5-19 for 85 yards passing. Miller was Labbe’s leading receiver, hauling in three passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns.
Minton said he was proud of his defense that he said has played well since the second half of last week’s game against St. John High School in Plaquemines.
“We have guys playing their roles,” he said. “We’re finding roles for some guys. We’re finding the right places for people and we’re figuring out how to use them.”
The Vikings had over 70 yards in penalties, something Charpentier said needs to be cleaned up before next week’s road game against St. Edmund.
“We have to execute without making mistakes on offense,” he said. “Defensively, we’ve gotten better every week. If you give the opponent free points and free field position, you’re not going to win.
“It’s frustrating because I feel like we’re a lot better than what we’re playing like,” he added. “That is my job. I have to get it corrected.”