Bogalusa at home tonight, playing Holy Cross

Published 5:06 am Friday, November 4, 2016

Bogalusa is at home tonight for the regular season finale, as the Lumberjacks take on Holy Cross.

It’s been a tough season for the Lumberjacks, who enter tonight’s game with a 1-8 overall record. They finished District 7-3A play at 1-3.

Last week, Bogalusa suffered a 14-12 loss to Jewel Sumner. The Lumberjacks have lost games the last two weeks by a total of seven points.

Bogalusa is No. 40 in the unofficial LHSAA Class 3A power rankings.

“Last week, we fumbled the ball four times,” Bogalusa coach David Roberts said. “We should’ve won the game, but we beat ourselves. Holy Cross is kind of in the same boat we’re in. They’ve struggled and they’ve played a tough schedule. Holy Cross is coming in here ready to roll. We’re going out there and giving it our best.”

Roberts said three of the fumbles were in the red zone.

He said the defensive front played well. He said the offensive line did well. Roberts said that Dominique Tillman and Sal Pittman had some big catches and that Javon Tate ran the ball well and had a big catch for a touchdown.

Tate’s touchdown was a 91-yarder from Jay Baham. Tate caught a short pass and two Jewel Sumner defenders collided trying to tackle him. He then avoided one last defender on his way to the end zone.

Baham threw two touchdown passes last week. The other was to Tillman on an 8-yard pass.

Holy Cross won last year’s game, 28-8.

The Tigers enter this week with a 2-7 overall record and they finished up with a 1-5 mark in District 9-5A play.

“Bogalusa looks like a very talented team on film,” Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said. “We haven’t been out to see them. Coach Roberts does a good job. It looks like they graduated a few people from last year, but they’ve got some young talent.”

The Tigers have been hit with injuries this season. Rebaudo said his team is missing about five offensive starters and three defensive starters.

Quarterback Chandler Fields, who returned from a broken collarbone a few weeks ago after missing six weeks with the injury, has thrown for 633 yards on 68-of-114 (59.6 completion percentage) with four touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Ashton Smith, who missed some time with an injury, has run for 695 yards on 146 carries (4.8 per attempt) and two touchdowns.

Kym Wimberly Jr. is the team’s leading receiver with 42 catches for 534 yards (12.7 yards per reception) and five touchdowns.

Al Ford enters with 22 receptions for 2127 yards (9.9) and two scores.

Defensively, Tyler Grubbs tops the team with 77 tackles. Austin Shaw is next with 71 and Josh Gillard enters with 64.