Unbeatens St. Charles Catholic, De La Salle battle Friday on CST, CCS

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St. Charles Catholic and De La Salle each came within one victory of a state championship last December. Based on early returns, they could both be headed back to the doorstep of a title this December.

But first, the two recent rivals face off Friday night at 7:06 p.m. at Hoss Memtsas Stadium. Crescent City Sports will produce a live telecast on Cox Sports Television that will also be streamed live on CrescentCitySports.com. Ken Berthelot and Wayde Keiser will provide the call beginning at 7.

Both teams are 3-0, with De La Salle sitting atop Class 3A and St. Charles Catholic at No. 3 in Class 2A in the latest Crescent City Sports rankings.

Last week, De La Salle scored on seven consecutive possessions in dispatching Lakeshore 49-13 at Strawberry Stadium, while St. Charles Catholic got a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown from Regdrick Hackett in the closing moments to clinch a 17-9 victory at East Ascension.

The intriguing matchup features the Cavaliers offense against the Comets defense. De La Salle is averaging 45 points per game and nine yards per snap, while St. Charles Catholic has given up only 156 yards per game and went 11 consecutive quarters without allowing a point.

While DLS running back and Arizona commitment Montrell Johnson has scored six touchdowns and is averaging a remarkable 22.6 yards per carry, the Comet defense – led by linebacker and Tulane commitment Mandel Eugene – has yet to allow a 20-yard run this season.

Quarterback Zach Vicknair has accounted for 432 yards and four touchdowns for St. Charles Catholic, including 301 yards and three scores on the ground. Linebacker Michael Thomas has a team-high 17 tackles and two forced fumbles for De La Salle.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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