Bogalusa heading to Northlake Christian School to start season
Published 9:05 am Friday, September 1, 2017
Bogalusa takes to the road tonight to open the regular season against Northlake Christian School with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Lumberjacks played in the Washington Parish Jamboree last Friday, and fell to Varnado, 28-0.
Bogalusa coach David Roberts said the team has made some adjustments to get better.
“It’s been a hectic week because of the weather, practicing in the gym, but I’m sure everybody in Louisiana is going through the same thing. We’ve made some adjustments trying to improve from last week,” Roberts said. “We watched the film and corrected some mistakes. Hopefully we can have a much better outing this week.”
Bogalusa struggled last week, but played better in the second half.
The defense gave up three touchdowns, with two of them on long drives that consisted of 63 and 77 yards. Those were the first two drives of the game. The others were an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble on the kickoff that led to a 19-yard touchdown drive.
O’Trevious Gatlin and Cody Sumrall were Bogalusa’s leading tacklers last week. Gatlin had five tackles and Sumrall posted four.
Offensively, Diante Lenoir topped Bogalusa with 27 rushing yards and Isaac Carson had 20 on the ground.
Northlake Christian enters this week after a 9-0 jamboree win over Cohen College Prep. The Wolverines reached the first round of the playoffs last season, but lost in the first round to Notre Dame.
“It’s a unique group, probably one with this consolation, I’ve never had before. We have a typical group of seniors with some all-state type of players,” Northlake Christian coach Tony Agresta said. “Normally, you have some juniors that play key positions. They may not be stars, but they play key roles and most importantly, they have experience. That’s not the case this year, we have a little gap there and we have some freshmen and sophomores, who are really talented kids, but as freshmen and sophomores, they don’t have varsity experience.”
Nick Morman moves from running back to quarterback this season for the Wolverines. Last season, he ran for 1,071 yards on 154 carries (6.9 yards per attempt) and 13 touchdowns.
“He’s a Division I type of athlete,” Agresta said. “I think everybody knows that. He’s a dynamic playmaker, so no better position to put him than at quarterback. He’s also got a high football IQ, so the transition hasn’t been tough for him.”
The running backs are Wesley Brown and sophomore Blain Gros.
The wide receivers include Poppy Duke and Kyle Lazaroe.
Brown and Morman, who were all-district players on both sides of the ball, are two of the top defenders. The other is sophomore Bailey Desselles, who started last season.