Comets must limit touches for star Newman receiver

In their first district game, St. Charles Catholic jumped on top of Lusher and never looked back as they ran away with a 59-6 victory last week.

The Comets scored 22 points in the first quarter with a blocked punt on Lusher’s first possession and a fumble recovery on the following kick off return setting the stage for the onslaught.

Marcus Hall led the team to the victory by scoring three touchdowns and the Comets got two more on special teams. LaJaylin Smith recovered a fumble in the endzone after the first blocked punt and Jeffrey Hall returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to open up the second half.

“I was pleased with the way things unfolded in the first quarter and we were able to build an early lead,” Comets head coach Frank Monica said. “The game was closer than the score indicated, but our special teams came through and really led to four of our touchdowns.”

Marcus Hall has been impressive this season, scoring three touchdowns for the second consecutive game.

“He’s been very consistent for us, and he is really good in space because he can make people miss,” Monica said. “He really rejuvenates everyone because he is so hard to tackle.
“He’s a multi-purpose guy for us because he plays on special teams as well, but we have to make sure that we don’t use him too much.”

Lusher running back Brice Batch was his team’s lone bright spot, rushing for 93 yards.

“We didn’t have too many offensive snaps in the second half, and Lusher controlled the time of possession,” Monica said. “But we were able to play a lot of kids, which is always good.”

The Comets played solidly in all three phases of the game against Lusher, and will have to do so again this Friday when they host Newman.

The Greenies are 3-1 on the year with victories against Bogalusa, King and Northlake Christian. They suffered their first loss last week against Curtis, 35-14.

“They are a complete team and are solid on both sides of the ball,” Monica said.

One of  the main reasons Newman is so balanced is because of Odell Beckham Jr., who is ranked by several recruiting services as one of the top receivers in the nation. Beckham already has offers from LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Memphis and Nebraska. Along with starring at receiver, Beckham also plays in the Newman secondary.

“This game is going to come down to turnovers and we are also going to have to keep the ball from Newman’s offense,” Monica said. “Beckham can take over a game by himself, and we are going to have to slow him down.

“The best way to do that is for us to keep control of the ball and control the time of possession.”


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