Sacred Heart running back Wesley Launey (5) gets some blocking from Caine Boudreaux (59), Cade Manuel (31) and Alec Gotro as he looks for running room against Hanson Memorial this past Friday night. (Gazette photo by Yvette Jagneaux)
Where will the Sacred Heart Trojans land when the final LHSAA power ranking comes out this coming weekend?
Well, if it was up to head coach Josh Harper, the Trojans would be a top eight seed and playing at home when the post-season begins one week from tomorrow.
“Our goal all season long has been to be able to once again host a first round playoff game,” stated Harper. “Last year we got that opportunity and were not able to get the win. The players are hungry to get that chance this year and make up for what they did not accomplish last season.”
As of Tuesday, Sacred Heart (6-3, 2-2) rested in the No. 11 spot according to the Louisianasportsline.com web site (The LHSAA had not updated their rankings as of press time). That puts the Trojans just three places away from their goal.
But before Sacred Heart can even think about what lies ahead, they must worry about their next opponent, the Westminster Crusaders.
The Trojans will host the Crusaders tomorrow night for homecoming. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Westminster comes into the game with an overall record of 2-7, with one of those wins coming via a forfeit by Ridgewood Prep. The Crusaders have averaged only 13.1 points per game, but have given up 36.2 points per game on the defensive side of the ball.
Despite their record, Harper has been preaching to his players not to take any team lightly, lest they come back an bite you in the backside.
“When you look at what they (Westminster) have done all year long, you can become complacent into thinking this should be an easy game,” said Harper. “But, I have been telling our players that we cannot loose our focus tomorrow night, because that can spill over into the playoffs. With all of the distractions of homecoming, it will be imperative that we come ready to play both physically and mentally.”