Battling back from storm adversity, Sulphur downs Comeaux

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Sulphur football stadium damage
Sulphur’s football stadium damage includes a downed light post.

This year 2020 has brought a global pandemic COVID-19 but that not all for Louisiana where the cycle of tropical weather has brought five different storms so far this hurricane season to state shores.

Three storms – Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta – have caused disruption in the delayed high school football schedule. The Southwest Louisiana area was hit the hardest by Laura and Delta as they made landfall in the area in a span of a few weeks. The disruption in schools’ schedules and damage to most schools in the area caused five programs to forgo the 2020 season (Barbe, Lagrange, Sam Houston and Washington-Marion) in Lake Charles. Outside of Lake Charles, Elton also canceled their entire slate.

The disruption in life has led to schools sharing stadiums so football can be played. Grand Lake in the Lake Charles area is using Jennings High and St Louis Catholic has used Welsh High.

Sulphur is one area school that has risen up from disaster like they did 15 years ago after Hurricane Rita. Playing games, even at their damaged home field, the Golden Tors are serving as a beacon of hope for the region.

By us playing, it helps to heal and aid in the recovery of southwest Louisiana,” Sulphur Coach Chris Towery explained.

On a crisp and cool Halloween Saturday afternoon, Sulphur High took to the field to face district rival Comeaux High of Lafayette and captured a hard fought 17-6 victory.

“We are glad to be playing today even after we had a period where we had six weeks of no practice,” said Towery.

Sulphur took the lead midway through the second quarter on Hayden Habetz’s 23-yard field goal to go up 3-0 and added to the advantage on Tag Stelly’s one-yard score. The Tors led 10-0 at the break.

“I Couldn’t be more proud of our team and our coaching staff on getting the win today,” said Towery. “We battled through some injuries in some key positions but were able to have a gameplan to compensate. A lot of our guys stepped up today and it was a total team win.”

Comeaux narrowed the gap on a 25-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sean Malveaux with 3:56 to go in the third quarter but the point after was blocked.

The Tors bounced right back when Stelly scored again, this time from three yards out on their next possession and cruised to victory.

“I coached with Comeaux head coach Doug Dotson as we both served on the staff of current Dutchtown coach Guy Mistretta when he was at Redemptorist,” Towery said. “We both have mutual respect for each other.”

Sulphur (1-2) will next travel to Maurice to face North Vermillion (2-2) next Friday night. Comeaux (0-3) will next host New Iberia (3-2) on Friday night in Lafayette.

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Randy Pistorius

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Randy Pistorius is a lifelong resident of South Louisiana and is currently working in the communications field in the Baton Rouge Metropolitian Area. Randy’s start in journalism came while still in high school at De La Salle in New Orleans and that carried with him to Southeastern Louisiana University where he wrote for the Lions Roar and also worked in…

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