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									FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2005

THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

C-5

SPORTS

ST. TAMMANY FOOTBALL CAPSULES
FRIDAY’S GAMES
FONTAINEBLEAU (1-0, 1-0) at COVINGTON (0-1, 0-1) Kickoff: 7 p.m. Last week: Fontainebleau defeated Northshore 42-10. Covington lost to Ponchatoula 13-9. Last year: Covington won 13-6. Notes: A District 4-5A game. The Lions were without running back Patrick Henry in the fourth quarter last week. Henry, who is recovering from groin and shoulder injuries, was sidelined because of heat problems and missed the fourth quarter after rushing 14 times for 98 yards in the first three quarters. Chris Rushing, who returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown, scored the only Lions touchdown. Fontainebleau quarterback Ross Goodlett also suffered heat problems. The Bulldogs were led by Trevor Rizzuto, who rushed for 159 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns. PONCHATOULA (1-1, 1-0) at MANDEVILLE (0-1, 0-1) Kickoff: 7 p.m. Last week: Ponchatoula defeated Covington 13-9. Mandeville lost to Slidell 29-6. Last year: Ponchatoula won 7-0. Notes: A District 4-5A game. Ponchatoula benefitted from the addition of O.P. Walker transfer Prentiss Bovia. Bovia, the Greenies quarterback, directed a winning drive with about three minutes left last week. The Skippers bright spot last week was Tim DeMelo, who rushed for 97 yards on nine carries. Mandeville will need better defense to slow Bovia. HAMMOND (0-2, 0-1) at NORTHSHORE (0-1, 0-1) Time: 7:30 p.m. Last week: Hammond lost to St. Paul’s 35-12. Northshore lost to Fontainebleau 42-10. Last season: Hammond beat Northshore 37-0. Notes: The Tors’ Kody Walker had 130 yards on three kick returns against St. Paul’s. Panthers quarterback Joey Romanick gained 50 yards on the first two plays against Fontainebleau, and finished with 141. ST. PAUL’S (1-0, 1-0) at SLIDELL (1-0, 1-0) Time: 7 p.m. Last week: St. Paul’s beat Hammond 35-12. Slidell defeated Mandeville 29-6. Last season: Slidell defeated St. Paul’s 20-10. Notes: A District 4-5A game. The Wolves had 13 first downs last week before Hammond got its first. Slidell held Mandeville to two first downs and forced five turnovers. CHRISTIAN LIFE (0-4) at PEARL RIVER (0-2) Time: 7 p.m. Last week: Christian Life lost to Hanson 49-10. Pearl River lost to Albany 40-20. Last season: Did not play. Notes: A non-district game. Christian Life is yielding an average of 46.2 points in its four games. In their two losses, the Rebels have been outscored a combined 34-6 in the second quarter. Albany took advantage of five Pearl River turnovers last week. SALMEN (0-1) at LUTCHER (1-3) Time: 7 p.m. Last week: Salmen lost to West Jeff 34-3. Lutcher lost to Catholic of New Iberia 30-16. Last season: Did not play. Notes: A non-district game. The Salmen numbers are rising. After suiting up 29 players last week, the Spartans now have 32 players. The Bulldogs have already committed 15 turnovers. VARNADO (0-2) at POPE JOHN PAUL II (1-1) Time: 7 p.m. Last week: Varnado lost to St. Helena Central 12-8. PJP II beat Live Oak 24-6. Last season: Vandado beat PJP II 41-7. Notes: The District 9-2A opener for both teams. Otha Foster, the Wildcats senior running back/safety, is averaging 110 yards and five tackles per game. Andrew Birkoff has four field goals in the Jaguars’ two games. NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN (0-1) at KENTWOOD (2-1) Kickoff: 7 p.m. Last week: Northlake Christian lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 35-0. Kentwood lost to Clinton 20-19. Last year: Did not play. Notes: A District 7-1A game. Kentwood has a potent offense and Northlake hopes to rely on a ball-control offense to keep the Kangaroos’ offense at bay. In their first varsity game last week, the Wolverines turned the ball over seven times. Alfred McKnight, the Kangeroos’ biggest running threat, is questionable because of a knee injury.

Wolves dig in for showdown with Slidell, Liuzza
Tigers quarterback ran for 101 yards in opening victory
By Marty Mule’
Staff writer

St. Paul’s David Boyce is braced. The formidable St. Paul’s defense gets perhaps its biggest test of the season tonight when it tries to harness Slidell quarterback Stephen Liuzza and the relentless Tigers’ offense. The winner between the Wolves (1-0, 1-0) and the Tigers (1-0, 1-0)

will have a step up on the rest of District 4-5A. The Wolves defense, with nine starters back from last year, was good in the season opener against Hammond, holding the Tors to 143 yards, 61 on one play and just two after halftime. Boyce, a 6-foot-7 defensive end, had a sack, a tackle behind the line, and a blocked extra point attempt just the kind of game he thinks every St. Paul’s defender needs to hold Liuzza to manageable statistics at the Tigers’ L.V McGinty Sta. dium. “If anything, I think he’s more dangerous than he was last season,’’ Boyce said of Liuzza. “He’s quicker on his feet.’’

The Tigers quarterback, who played one game for JonesboroHodge after his family evacuated, has completed 23 of 40 passes for 265 yards, and last week ran for 101 yards against Mandeville. Another headache for the Wolves is sophomore running back Ryan Tott, who gained 102 yards against Mandeville. “ We’re concerned with both,’’ said St. Paul’s coach Ken Sears. “They can both kill you.’’ Adding to Slidell’s concerns is cornerback Cameron Martin, who had a stellar game last week, with one interception, three blocked passes and one tackle behind the line. “Whatever we do,’’ Martin said,

“ we’d better do it well because Slidell can make you pay for a mistake.’’ The Wolves offense, thought to be questionable before the season, amassed 310 yards against Hammond. “We did fine,’’ Sears said cautiously of his offense, which uses to quarterbacks, P Doty and Alex .J. Williams. Still, the quarterback on their minds at the moment is Liuzza, who picked St. Paul’s apart in the second half of Slidell’s 20-10 victory last season. “He’s the key,’’ Boyce said. “Nothing has happened to think otherwise.’’

Bulldogs feel pressure but are still confident
Fontainebleau expects tough game tonight against Covington
By Tammy Nunez
Staff writer

Rain poured on the field and mud circled the ankles of Fontainebleau’s Cameron Zipp. He could only see his hands clearly - the opponent a blur in the sheet of water. It wasn’t a haunting vision from hurricanes Katrina or Rita. This is what Zipp, the Bulldogs’ left tackle, recalls from last year’s CovingtonFontainebleau game. “It was survival of the fittest,” Zipp said. “It was so wet and you could not get your footing, you just kept sliding around.” Covington running back Patrick Henry took a face-first slide after one of his runs into the Fontainebleau coaches on the sideline and couldn’t see out of the mask of mud that covered his face. A Bulldogs coach took a bucket of water and wiped his face off before Henry darted back for the next play. The Lions won the back-andforth game 13-9, giving the Bulldogs their only district loss in 2004. Now Zipp, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound senior, is a highly recruited player as Fontainebleau and Covington meet tonight at 7 in Covington. Zipp said he will take the field in the District 4-5A game with a sense of purpose he didn’t have last season. It was great opening holes for running backs Christian Ducre, now at Tulane, and Steven Korte, now at LSU. But Zipp’s task is tougher this season because there is a new backfield with less speed and experience. Trevor Rizzuto and Daniel

STAFF PHOTO BY DAVID GRUNFELD

Fontainebleau left tackle Cameron Zipp, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound senior, says he’s looking forward to blocking for a new backfield in tonight’s District 4-5A game against rival Covington.
Cassisa are tougher runners, but lack the burst of Ducre and Korte. Quarterback Ross Goodlett made his first varsity start last week. “To a certain point, we do feel more pressure,” Zipp said. “ We worked so hard this summer as a group. We’re - what’s the word I’m looking for - confident.” Even losing right tackle Kyle Plouhar, who moved after Katrina, hasn’t weakened the line much. The offensive line - which includes tight end Patrick Warner, right guard Jared Patterson, center Tye Berard, left guard Catlin Jacobs and right tackle Kris McDuffie - weighs a combined 1,480 pounds (247 average). Zipp, who has a scholarship offer from Louisiana-Lafayette but has not made any commitment, is the cornerstone. The Bulldogs’ offensive line seems more like the Great Wall of China to Covington defensive coordinator Chris Blocker. “ We have to line up against a much bigger line,” Blocker said. “We can’t go toe-to-toe strengthwise with them so we have to scheme a little bit. We have to find a seam somewhere.” How well Fontainebleau’s line performs tonight might dictate the game. Goodlett, who is coming off a knee injury, will need time in passing situations. The running backs will need sizable gaps to barrel through if the Bulldogs (1-0, 1-0) are to succeed on offense. “I think our biggest task is handling their aggressiveness, and that would include their linebackers,” Fontainebleau offensive line coach Clark Hershey said. “Their whole defense is very aggressive.” Though the Lions (0-1, 0-1) lost to Ponchatoula last week, the defense stood tall until the very last drive. Linebacker Jeremy Naquin, lineman Toran Vick, and linebacker Bretton Haas combined for four tackles behind the line and a fumble recovery. Fo n t a i n e b l e a u c o a c h L a r r y Favre expects to have his hands full with Covington quarterback Michael Steele and Henry, who always seems to play well against the Bulldogs. “Steele presents a problem because he’s a double threat,” Favre said. “He has a great arm, but he can hurt you with his feet as well. Henry is such a good player, he can cut on a dime and runs so low to the ground. “I think the CovingtonFontainebleau game is one of those rivalries that as a coach you don’t have any trouble getting your players up for. We know they will be a focused group.”

Move doesn’t suit McGee
McGEE, from C-1
in the neighborhood, but that no water made its way inside the house. Hopefully, that means the clothes he left behind are still viable. Other than that, the only things still standing concrete in his life are his love for his parents and the verbal commitment he made in August to play college football at UCLA. Try as he might, McGee has found it difficult to blend into his new surroundings at McKinley, a Class 4A school located near LSU that takes an 0-4 record into Friday’s homecoming contest and District 3-4A opener against Broadmoor. He enrolled at McKinley primarily because of Karr coach Jabbar Juluke’s urging that he stick with a magnet school program in order to assure his qualifying for an NCAA scholarship. He also visited Scotlandville, another magnet school in the Baton Rouge area, and received an inquiry from Southern Lab. He knew nothing about McKinley, much less that it was a program in transition being rebuilt by new coach Bruce Swinton. “It really didn’t matter much to me what school I went to because it wasn’t going to feel right to me anyway,’’ McGee said. “Whatever team I went to wasn’t going to feel the same as at Karr. I had worked the whole summer to prepare myself for this season at Karr. So I didn’t concern myself with whether I went to a winning school or a losing school.’’ Though it hasn’t been reflected in the victory column, McGee has made an impact with the Panthers, having rushed for 100 yards in each of his first two games while totaling 257 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries, an average of 6.4 yards per carry. He was approaching a third 100yard game during last week’s 49-0 loss to Istrouma when he was sidelined by a foot injury. McGee said he is recovered sufficiently to play against Broadmoor. Swinton, however, is looking for more than pure physical production. He needs a leader to inspire a team that began the season with 12 seniors. “Jeremy has the moves of a Sunday running back, the professional moves that you can’t teach,’’ Swinton said. “He sees where there might be a hole and he finds it. And his speed is impressive. He can play some day on Sunday, but his maturity level must increase with him getting ready to go to the next level. I was hoping that he would be more of a leader for us. “With the situation with Katrina happening, you have to mature more and act more like an adult even though you’re 17 or 18. We didn’t ask for this situation to happen, but we have to deal with it. “It’s hard for a 16- or 17-year-old when they’re forced out of their element. But things are different from the way it was at Karr.’’ “It’s easy for someone to say you need to step up and be a leader,’’ McGee said. “I just don’t feel like I’m in that position to come in and tell these guys what to do. That’s going to take time because it just doesn’t feel right to me.’’ McGee will likely benefit from the addition of Juluke to the McKinley faculty and coaching staff. After spending more than three weeks living with relatives in Houston, Juluke is in his first full week with the Panthers. Three other Karr players, safety Jared Berry and defensive linemen Patrick and Thomas Barnes, also are on the team. “At Karr most of the pieces basically were in place and Jeremy was the main piece of the puzzle,’’ Juluke said. “Now you come to a new team, which is a different puzzle, and you don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. Jeremy has to humble himself and become a team player in another role. He’s the best player here, but it’s not his team. “At Karr he was the best player and had established himself to the point where other kids looked to him. So it’s a hard transition. Here he’s on a team that’s not as successful as we were or as successful as we were expected to be.’’ So McGee will keep plugging away, hoping that this is the week the Panthers break through into the win column and he clears his own mental hurdle. “Even if we would win a championship, it wouldn’t really matter to me because it’s not Karr,’’ McGee said. “It wouldn’t feel right to me. So I’m just trying to make the best of this situation right now. I hope we win. I’m going to do whatever it takes.’’

Former Karr running back Jeremy McGee, who has transferred to McKinley, has found it difficult to adjust in his new role. ‘It really didn’t matter much to me what school I went to because it wasn’t going to feel right to me anyway,’ says McGee, who has committed to UCLA.

STAFF PHOTO BY ELIOT KAMENITZ


								
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